Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:11-12

The Ark of the Lord remained in his house [Obed-edom the Gittite] three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his whole family. It was reported to King David: “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s family and all that belongs to him because of the Ark of God.” So, David went and had the Ark of God brought up from Obed-edom’s house to the city of David with rejoicing.

Key Ideas

The Ark of God represented God’s presence. The Bible said of it: “The Ark of God bears the Name, the Name of the Lord of Armies who is enthroned between the Cherubim” (2 Samuel 6:2).

David became angry at God and afraid of Him because He killed a man for irreverence. David left the Ark outside Jerusalem at the home of Obed-Edom instead of taking it with him into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:10).

The place God prepared for the Ark remained empty for three months. During that time, God blessed Obed-Edom’s family and possessions while Ark was in his care. Essentially, God was with Him.

When David heard of God’s blessings, he immediately made arrangements to bring the Ark into Jerusalem.

David’s anger and fear cost him three months of God’s blessings. When David withdrew from God, God withdrew blessings from David.

God wants to bless those who stay near to Him and follow His will.

God punishes individuals who act irreverently and withholds His blessings from people who withdraw from Him.

Application

Do I ever get angry or frustrated at God and withdraw from Him or find it challenging to pursue His presence? When are some times that has happened?

What happens to my relationship with God when I am afraid of Him? Do I withdraw?

Do I experience God’s blessings when I withdraw or avoid Him?

How can my emotions cause me to doubt God’s actions at times? How does that affect my relationship with Him?

How does my distance from God and His blessings affect my family and others around me?

How can the perspective of “Three Months of Lost Blessings” change my response to God and my trust in Him?

The Takeaway

Faithful followers can misunderstand God, go astray and miss His blessings.

SN5188

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