Uzzah acted with good intentions, but he failed to heed what God had commanded about the ark. Here we see David with similar good intentions, though desiring to act without first seeking God. David saw that it was not good for him to live in a palace while the ark of God sat in the tabernacle, a tent. His heart was in the right place, and Nathan, also without asking God, gave his blessing for David to launch a building program. Nathan was a prophet, but his role was to speak for God, not in place of God. And curiously, David sought Nathan’s input without consulting God directly, as he had done before.
In this we are reminded of our need never to take our actions for granted. We must always take our decisions before God, earnestly seeking His guidance. But let’s not learn this lesson from David alone; let us consider Christ Jesus, who expressed such dependence on the Father throughout the Gospels.
What decisions are you weighing that you need to take to God for direction?