The Ark of Your Presence

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Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?

How many of you have heard the story of Obed-edom? When I first started my stand, I heard a song in Spanish that really touched me. I had never heard of this story but it was about the Ark of the Covenant and about a man named Obed-edom. The story starts in 2 Samuel chapter 6. Just to recap, Saul had just died. David had just become king of all Israel. David wanted to bring back the Ark of the Covenant so he gathered Israel’s 30,000 elite troops/people of Israel and led them to Baalah of Judah. They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house (it had been there for 20 years). All of Israel was celebrating, singing songs and playing instruments. Suddenly, one of the oxen that was carrying the Ark stumbled and Abinadab’s son, Uzzah, accidently touches the Ark. The Lord’s anger is aroused because he did that and God struck him dead beside the Ark of God. Wow.

David was now afraid of the LORD, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the LORD back into my care?” So David decided not to move the Ark of the LORD into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. The Ark of the LORD remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.  2 Samuel 6:9-11 (NLT)

If David came to you and asked if he could place the Ark of God in your household, knowing what had just happened to Uzzah, would you accept? Would you be spiritually ready? Would your home be ready?

The part that really fascinates me about that story is that Obed-edom decided to keep the Ark of the Covenant in his home. God is asking us today if His presence can enter our homes just like in Obed-edom’s home. Because of his decision to keep the Ark of the Lord in his household, the Lord blessed him and his home. As a result, Obed-edom’s children had followed in his footsteps and the Lord blessed Obed-edom.

Will you let the presence of the Lord enter your home? Will you be spiritually ready? Will your home be ready for when our prodigals return? Will you allow the presence of the Lord to bless your home? God has a plan and purpose for every one of us and our families. Are you praying for not only your spouse but for yourself, your home, and your future generations? Blessings are coming into our homes because of the decision to allow the presence of the Lord in our homes. Just as God blessed Obed-edom and his generations, God will bless us, our homes, and our future generations.

I pray that, just like Obed-edom, we allow His presence into our homes. May we remain in His presence always. May we pray for “broken” homes. Better yet, may we pray that homes are no longer “broken” but “whole.” Whole including first, the Father, our spouses, our children, and ourselves. May we pray for prodigals to obey our Lord. May we pray that our homes worship God, yes, even in this situation that we are in TEMPORARILY.

God is working even when we don’t see anything in the natural. Honestly, that phrase is pretty much over-used but now I know why it is over-used. It really is true that God is working behind the scenes. God wants our prodigals even more than us to be honest. He’s moving mountains to get to our prodigals. He’s removing jobs. He’s removing homes (out in the far country). He’s removing other people. He is postponing court dates!! He’s cancelling divorces!! He is removing anything that will keep them out in the far country. He will do anything to get His child to go, first to Him, and then to our homes. God is speaking to them daily. The Holy Spirit is bringing conviction to our prodigals. God is softening hearts. God is removing veils and eyes are opening to see the Truth. God is opening ears so that they can hear His voice and obey Him. Not only is God working on them, behind the scenes, He is working on us. We are becoming more like Jesus.

Just like Obed-edom, let’s allow the presence of the Lord to fill our homes. May we be light in the darkness. May the presence of the Lord be with us everywhere we go. May we be an example for years to come to our family members. May we be an example to our friends. May we be an example to our children. May our children follow our example, that no matter what we are going through, when everyone told us to move on (contradicting the Bible), we remained strong in His presence and in the Truth. Most importantly, may God get ALL the glory for what He is doing in us and our “whole” family.

Prodigals are coming home. Prodigals are turning from their sinful lifestyles. Prodigals are obeying His commands. Prodigals are attending church. Prodigals are changed both emotionally and spiritually forever, for His glory, in the name of Jesus. Prodigals do come home.

While we wait for our prodigals to come home, may we first invite His presence into our homes. Today, prodigals are being touched by the Holy Spirit and transformed forever. Prodigals are being saved eternally. Families are being built on the foundation of the one true Rock. Generations, without them knowing, are being saved. Not only eternally and forever, but generations are being born to covenant marriages. I can’t wait to see and meet my children. The enemy WILL NOT cut off our generations/lineage. The enemy is a liar and he is defeated. The enemy WILL NO LONGER destroy God’s plan/purpose/calling for our family! May we remain standing strong in our relationship with God and standing strong for our marriages. We are almost home.

God bless,

Jesse in Arizona


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