Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Missing Out on God’s Blessing

October 4, 2018

David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. 2 Samuel 6:9-10

At this point, David felt he would rather be far from God than near him. He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord home, so he “took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite” (2 Sam. 6:10).

Now a Gittite was an inhabitant of the Philistine city of Gath. We have to assume, from the fact that he was living among God’s people, that he had come to know and worship the Lord. Then we read, “the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household” (6:11).

The God who has power to judge also has power to bless. David didn’t want a God who judges near him. But what he finds is that the God who blesses is far from him too! The blessing that would have been his goes to someone else.

Are you missing out on the blessing of God? Here’s what happens: You take offense at something God has done. Instead of walking closely with God, you keep at what you think is a “safe” distance from him. But now you are missing out on the blessing that could be yours! God is at work around you, but you no longer experience his blessing within you.

Now if that is your position, either you will remain offended at God or you will seek the blessing of God. When you cling to what has offended you, you forfeit the blessing that could be yours.

What blessing from God might you be forfeiting by keeping him at a distance?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

When You Grasp What God Has Done for You

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV) Peter does not say, “You should be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” He...

Read Post

Angels Long for This

The prophets… searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV) Since the beginning of time God...

Read Post

When You Suffer

You may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith… may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV) Your faith has far more value than a Rembrandt painting....

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Momentum

Pursuing God's Blessings Through The Beatitudes

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.