July 12 - Timing in Ministry
In serving the Lord, it is sometimes not about what you do but when do you do it. The timing is important and we need to seek the Lord for the right timing to do what the Lord tells us to do. After naming the mighty men of David and the mighty divisions of the armed troops who came to David’s help, the Chronicler mentions a tribe of people who would become the nerve center of the army. To win a battle, an army does not only rely on size and power but on strategy. We have seen mighty armies lost battles due to the wrong strategies.
The men of Issacher were the strategists. They had understanding of the times and knew what Israel ought to do. There were among them 200 chiefs and all their kinsmen were under their command. This group of people knew about when to do what, they became the brainpower of Israel and they were as important as other mighty men who fought the battle. This tribe had a plurality of leadership and because of their wisdom, their kinsmen followed them in unity and harmony. What a beautiful picture!
When the ark was brought from Kiriath-jearim, they carried the ark of God on a new cart with Uzzah and Ahio driving it. While every one was celebrating, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah stretched out his hand to stabilize the ark. This action invoked the anger of the Lord and Uzzah was struck dead on the spot near the threshing floor of Chidon. It was like God saying, “This is the ark of My presence, you cannot touch My glory for I can and will protect My ark, I don’t need your help in saving the ark!” God does not like us to touch His glory like telling others that we have a part in growing the church or bringing about any good things among His people. All ministry is God’s ministry and we need to know when to stretch out our hands and when not to.
This incident was followed by two victories over the Philistines. During the second battle, the Lord told the Israelite army to listen to sound on top of the mulberry trees. When they heard the sound of God’s army moving, then they were to rout the enemies. They had to wait for the right timing. If God does not move, none of us should. At the right timing, we can do God’s work without effort for God’s hand is in it to bring about a victory.
Do you know what to do and when to do it? In your service to the Lord, do you listen to instructions from above or just go ahead and do it? When you serve Him, do you touch His glory and bring glory to yourself? Do you move when the Lord moves and stay put when He is not moving? Jesus knew about this and He always watched what the Father was doing before He did anything. Learn from Jesus now.
Ps 149:1-9 1 Chron 12:19-14:17 Rom 1:1-17 Prov 19:4-5