1 Chronicles 13
Focus Verse: He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us. (2)
Before making any decision – big or small – we should make sure that it is the will of God.
1 Chronicles 14
Focus Verse: So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. (16)
In chapter 13, David did not move the Ark of God until he was sure it was the will of God to do so. In verse 10 of this chapter, David first inquired of God if he should go and attack the Philistines. He inquired of God again in verse 14. After God answered him both times and told him what to do, David proceeded to do as God had commanded him. Both times he was victorious in defeating the Philistines because he was obedient to the God who both went out in front of him and broke out for him against his enemies.
1 Chronicles 15
Focus Verse: It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” (13)
It was the will of God for the Ark of God to be moved to Jerusalem, but David had failed to inquire of God how He wanted it moved the first time. Because of this, Uzzah died. However, David corrected his mistake and made sure that the Ark was moved correctly the second time. We should be sensitive to what the Lord wants just as David was.
1 Corinthians 9
Focus Verse: To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. (22)
For the sake of the Gospel, we may sometimes find it necessary to follow the example of Paul and the example of Christ. Jesus set aside His celestial glory and became a man in order to save humanity. Paul set aside his own interests and his own personal goals in order to win all kinds of people to Christ. If we are truly concerned about lost people being found, we should use our freedom of belonging to no one and make ourselves the servants of everyone.