2 Samuel 6:2 (KJV) And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
It is exciting when we receive the news of any type of new opportunity for which we have been praying. The timing of it brings such exhilaration that we can barely maintain our composure and we want others to share in our joy. As usual, we are ready to dive into this new endeavor and take on the new challenge headfirst. But have we taken into consideration the impact that this new role will have on our everyday life overall?
Understanding The Text
This infamous passage of Scripture teaches us a very important lesson: it is possible to walk in two realms and still honor God through our obedience. David’s motivation for bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the City of David was to bridge together the old tribal system with the new monarchical regime. This allowed David to show his allegiance to God and the religious order established by God.
However, it also allowed him to advance the political agenda of his new system as well. A move of this type by David called for considerable caution because the wrong move in either direction would cause an enormous breach between both sides. To balance both required tremendous skill and wisdom that could only be graced by God.
Sometimes, the demands of this contemporary society can be intimidating. However, when we commit our plans to God, He will instruct us on how we should engage each day and maintain the proper balance with becoming overwhelmed.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because, in this narrative, David demonstrated that it is possible to have a successful professional career and remain faithful in our service to the Kingdom of God. However, we should receive our direction from God’s Kingdom principles to effect the necessary changes essential having a balanced environment wherein God’s Word is the Rule of Law and Life. The moment the pendulum swings towards receiving instruction from the other direction is the moment we realize that we will end up with the contemporary world system in which we live currently.
God does not expect us to remove ourselves from the world system entirely. He does, however, want us to rely on counsel from His Word and our moments of time in prayer to Him. When we understand that our Heavenly Father has provided every necessary thing to equip us for the life He has planned for us, it will help us to also understand that He has also provided the direction and means through which we engage in our daily interactions with the world without having to compromise our Kingdom lifestyle. As a result, we will be able to maintain the Scriptural balance of being in the world and not of the world.