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a dangerous God

November 14, 2011

Second Samuel 6: Let’s set up the scene.

The Ark of the Covenant has been “rescued” from the Philistines and is being moved back to it’s rightful place. David is moving it.
Only for some reason he has decided to transport it via ox cart; via the back of a beast.
Does he do this knowingly?
Does he do this because this is they way the Philistines had had it?
Does he do this because he wanted to?
Who knows. The point is: it’s not done the way the Lord had commanded way back in Exodus.

Then something bad happens. A man reaches out, touches the ark and the Lord strikes Him dead. Why? We don’t know. The Bible doesn’t really say.
Was it a reflection of his heart?
Was it because the Lord was angry at the way His ark was being transported?
Who knows.

What we do know is that David was angry,
then scared,
then he gave up.
He stopped going with the ark and left the ark with someone else.
He ran away.
And that someone else was blessed immeasurably.
After David got over his anger and fear and saw this blessing, it was as if he woke up again and realized that although we serve a dangerous God, He is rich with blessing when we stay with Him.

Our God is a dangerous God. He calls us to places, people and things that are scary and vulnerable.
He asks us to do things that we don’t want to do.
He asks us to stay in places we don’t want to stay in.
Because those things and those places make us angry sometimes,
but more often they scare the daylights out of us.

But it’s only when we are marching with the Lord.
When we are dancing, freely before Him that we can let go of all that.
It is then we can take our eyes off the things that scare us most and fix them on Him.

331. security that comes only from Him
332. worship
333. being met in the middle of my fears in the middle of the night by my sweet Jesus
334. looking out the window and seeing my sweet girl sitting in a pile of leaves just being
335. these yellow leafed trees that are surrounded by what looks like piles of gold
336. a park that is just outside my door
337. watching a father and son work on their go-cart project together
338. maybe, just maybe finding a paint color for our house…finally
339. maybe, just maybe finally painting the porch this weekend
340. a bill that comes that is $50 less than I budgeted for 🙂

  1. #338 made me smile BIG! We sided our house 3 years ago. I bet I made about a dozen trips around my city looking at houses with the different colors of siding on them so I’d “be sure” what I picked was right. I wanted to say, “Aren’t you the cutest little house” every time I’d drive into my driveway. I was so scared I would pick the wrong thing.

    Well, there came a time that I had to place my order for siding. I did, and you know what? I have the cutest little house and I tell it so every time I drive into my driveway.

    You posted near me on Ann’s today. I wanted to see who was writing about a God in constant pursuit.
    Be blessed,
    Dawn

    1. Thanks for sharing your story! We have been through it going over paint colors! Still not 100% sure! Hopefully we’ll have the cutest little house too when we finally get it done!

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