Calvary Chapel Downey
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PASTORS PERSPECTIVE

No Mechanics

“So, they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.” 2 Samuel 6:3

If we finish up this story, we find out that eventually the ark was about to fall off this new cart and Uzzah tries to save it. While doing so, he dies because the ark of the Lord was holy, and it was never meant to be touched. The thing that gets me about this story is that these guys had good intentions, yet they were in disobedience to the Lord.

In Exodus, the Lord gave specific instructions on how to transport the Ark. It was to be carried by the Levites and not to be touched. These men decided they knew a newer, maybe quicker way to move God’s presence. “We will put it on our new cart.” God did not want His spirit on a cart because He wanted nothing about His spirit to be mechanical. God doesn’t want to use methods or religious repetition. He longs to do a new and fresh work by His spirit.

At times we can go into things such as relationships, jobs, and ministries with good intentions and with our own strength. Then we pray, “God be with me.” But, God says, “I want to go before you and with you”. Let’s not try to drive the cart and make the spirit of God just an added part of our lives. Let’s allow Him to lead. God’s Spirit is a torrent of living water, a fire, it comes like a rushing wind. If it feels like we are in a place where we feel stale and dead, maybe it’s time to examine if we have made the Spirit of God just a mechanical and religious part of our lives. Maybe we have reached out and touched the Spirit and moved Him instead of Him moving us. May God’s Spirit lead and guide your lives as we wholeheartedly depend on Him and look to Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Love you and praying for you all,

Pastor Chris Lopez

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