TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY
YOU CAN CARRY GOD’S PRESENCE WITH YOU (1)
‘The poles…are not to be removed.’Exodus 25:15
The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God in the midst of His people. When the Philistines captured it, they were smitten with tumours. When they placed it in their temple, their god Dagon fell to the ground (1 Samuel 5). The moral of this story is—don’t mess around with the things of God! Even if you are not prepared to serve God; at least be wise and revere Him.
When Israel conquered the Philistines, David decided to bring the Ark, the symbol of God’s presence, back home to Jerusalem. Now, when God designed the Ark, He put rings on the side of it, and poles through those rings, saying it must only be carried on the shoulders of special priests. But somebody thought of ‘a better way,’ so they put it on a new cart pulled by an ox. And that’s when everything went wrong. When the Ark started to slip off the cart, a well-meaning bystander decided to steady it. And he died for it! You say, ‘That’s pretty extreme.’ There’s a lesson here for those who want to package God’s presence, market it, and ‘take it on the road.’ Who is qualified to carry God’s presence? Only believer-priests who have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, are washed by the Word at the laver, who fellowship with God at His table, who worship Him at the altar of incense, and who walk in the light of truth represented by the seven-branched lampstand. Away with newfangled carts! ‘…the Lord added to the church…’ (Acts 2:47 NKJV). If we are going to carry God’s presence and build His church, we’ve got to do it His way.
TODAY'S PRAYER - FROM PRAYER FOR TODAY MAGAZINE
Lord, I pray for those in my neighbourhood who feel lonely, whether because they live alone, or because they feel isolated and misunderstood in their own families. Please give me an opportunity to show friendship, so they know they’re not forgotten. Please bring down the walls of separation which stop us getting to know others. I pray that You will transform us, Your Church, so that we become agents of connection and relationship-building in our local ...About Prayer for Today
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