Have you ever felt like you were the only one that was willing to do something about a situation? Have you ever found yourself taking on a challenge that no one was willing to take? Sometimes God challenges us not just for the sake of our own good, but for the sake of those around us. 2 Samuel 6:9-12 tells us of a man who was willing to take on a role for the Lord that nobody was willing to take, and I mean nobody.
“So David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, ‘How can the ark of the Lord come to me?’ He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.”
In the scene prior to this passage, David was just recently anointed King of Israel, and his plans included bringing the ark of the Lord to Jerusalem (“the City of David”). The ark of the Lord was a gold covered wooden box that had two permanently attached carrying poles, in which God’s presence physically dwelt with His people. On the way to Jerusalem, David, and all of Israel were celebrating before the ark of the Lord with songs and lyres and harps. But one of the Israelite’s, Uzzah, unlawfully touched the ark of the Lord and was killed instantly. Now David was having second thoughts about having the ark of the Lord in his city. Even the King of Israel, King David, was unwilling to take the ark of the Lord with him. But Obed-Edom, a man who is only mentioned a handful of times in this passage, was obedient in doing what nobody was willing to do.
The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.
Why did the Lord bless Obed-Edom? It was because of his obedience in faith, that Obed-Edom and his entire household was blessed. You see, God calls us to take on challenges in our lives so that we may reap his blessings. But those blessings won’t just stop with you, but will also encourage others to do the same.
Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing… Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
Obed-Edom not only received God’s blessing, but his testimony encouraged King David and all of Israel to finish the journey back to Jerusalem with the ark of the Lord. Sometimes, our willingness to be obedient encourages those who are too afraid to act. God honors those who are obedient to Him, even though it my seem challenging, and uses our testimonies to be a blessing to others.
What is God challenging you with today? How can you use your testimony of obedience to encourage others in their walk of faith? God wants our full attention. He wants us to experience His blessings through the power of obedience.