Text: 2 Samuel 6:9-12
Memory verse:
”And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.“
2 Samuel 6:8 NKKV

Many believers are blame throwers; quick to throw splashes of blame on God at any slight disappointment. They question God and hold Him guilty. Sometimes, we even get angry at Him, like David first did when God struck Uzzah dead (‭‭II Sam‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬). We rarely look at our own side.
God can never be wrong, nor does He tempt anyone with evil. He is just and perfect in all His ways.
David had no right to be angry, nor was anyone. It is obvious that David discovered, after three months, the cause of that tragedy. He said to the Levites while preparing to go and carry the ark again. ”For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us because we did not consult Him about the proper order.” ‭‭(I Chron 15‬:‭13‬).
Let’s consider today the first reason for the judgment of God, “… because you did not do the first time”. With great joy, David went with over thirty thousand men to carry the ark from the house of Abinadab. Not David, the priests or the multitude could discern that something was wrong in the way they were handling it, nor did the priests protest. You see, the voice of men doesn’t necessarily mean the voice of God. Having multitudes on your side doesn’t prove you right!
The people also allowed their excitement to overshadow the cause of God. They were not bothered if God was happy. Religious people are more concerned about pleasing themselves in God’s service than pleasing God Himself.
This is the point. The Levites were not involved in the movement of the ark in the first time, which was to be their sole responsibility. The NLT puts it like this, “Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time”. Sometimes, some leaders just bring in sentiments to the service of the Lord, like in the world. They reject the ways of God and use tribal and family relationships for selecting leaders or assigning responsibilities in the church.
The clan of Kohath was saddled with that responsibility among the Levites to carry the ark (‭‭Num‬ ‭7‬:‭9‬).
Friends, David knew later what he should have known earlier, and that tragic death would have been avoided. Ignorance and knowledge carry a price, but the price of ignorance is usually far higher than the price for knowledge. You won’t be a casualty in service in Jesus’ name.

Prayer points
1. Father, please, keep me from presumptuous sins as I serve You, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, let me never be a casualty in service, but be blessed like Obed-Edom, in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. I will not base my decisions on public approval but on what God says.
2. I choose to pay the price of knowledge now rather than to pay the high price of ignorance later.