Sincerity is not enough when it comes to following the Lord. There are many today who express interest in worshiping the Lord and serving Him, but they want to do it on their own terms. It may be that they have never taken the time to ascertain the truth, and are just attempting to please the Lord by doing what they believe is right. There are people who rejoice and believe they are doing a work for God, and yet they are far from where God wants them to be.
Sincerity does not make something true or right. Someone can be sincerely wrong. I may sincerely believe that I can fly off a 50-story building, but the truth of gravity says otherwise. It might hurt my feelings if someone tells me that I cannot fly, but that is the truth, and truth doesn’t change based on our emotions, feelings, or genuine earnestness that something is “real or true” to us.
David had a right desire to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem. David’s intentions were so pure and right, but he didn’t do what God had instructed them to do. The Ark was placed on a cart (it was even a new, top of the line cart... the best David had to offer) which was the Philistine way of transporting it... not God’s way. Uzza did what any of us would do when he put his hand out to steady the Ark when they hit a pothole, and God killed him. Up to that point David and the people were rejoicing and glad, but Uzza’s death shed a ray of truth on the error of their worship, praise, sacrifice, and service for the Lord.
God had told Saul through Samuel that obedience comes before sacrifice in position and importance. Jesus stressed in the New Testament that Spirit alone was not sufficient for worship, but Spirit and Truth were required. Josiah learned the blessings of God when he discovered God’s Word and started doing things God’s way. The point is, God wants us to serve Him with sincerity and passion, but it must be coupled and preceded by truth.
While making a trail through a thick jungle, men worked tirelessly hacking away at the undergrowth. One brave soul climbed a large tree to survey the layout of the terrain. What he discovered was that their path was way off course... they were heading in the wrong direction. He informed the others, but they criticized and rebuked the man... “we are working hard!” “Our efforts are just as valid as yours!” “You are just being critical!” His concern was not about their effort, passion, or work ethics, but that it would all be in vain, they were going the wrong direction!
The sad reality is we can be spinning our wheels trying to “serve” the Lord by doing what is right in our own eyes. What you need to do is “climb the tree”, get in the Word of God and discover what God and God alone says is truth. When we have truth, and proper direction.... then pour yourself into the work!
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Chronicles 12 - 14
1 Chronicles 13:3
And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.