As leaders, we face multiple decisions every day. What leaders are we going to raise up? Who are we going to hire? Where are we going to start campuses? When are we going to launch this new ministry? How will we share the vision with the people we lead?
In 1 Chronicles 13, we see that the who, what, when, where and how of our decision making matters to God.
1 Chronicles 13:9-10 “But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the Ark. Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had laid his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God.”
King David is excited to move the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. But, in verse 10, we see that God killed Uzzah because he reached out his hand to steady the Ark.
When I would read this chapter, I would wonder why God would kill him when he was trying to do a good thing. It wasn’t until I got to chapter 15 that I saw God’s reason for Uzzah’s death.
1 Chronicles 15:12-13 “He said to them, “You are the leaders of the Levite families. You must purify yourselves and all your fellow Levites, so you can bring the Ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the Lord our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it properly.”
In chapter 15, we see that they forgot to ask God how to move it properly. David got so excited about doing a good thing, something that God had put in his heart, that he forgot to ask God how He wanted it done.
Because David consulted people and not God, Uzzah ended up dying. In 1 Chronicles 13:1, it says that David consulted with all his officials including the generals and captains of his army, and all the people thought it was the right thing to do. Even though it seemed like the right thing to do it was not the God thing.
God puts desires and dreams in our hearts and they are amazing, but we all know we can make of mess of things if we don’t do them God’s way.
John Maxwell teaches that:
1. You can do the right thing at the wrong time.
2. You can do the wrong thing at the right time.
3. You can do the wrong thing at the wrong time.
4. You can do the right thing at the right time.
David did the right thing at the wrong time and the wrong way because he forgot to ask God.
As a leader this is so easy to do. A deadline is coming; you need somebody to fill a spot; you get impatient; you feel like everybody else is making something happen so you have to make something happen. When we feel any of these pressures, it’s easy to rush a decision and make a mess of things because we didn’t take time to stop and consult God.
In 1 Chronicles a man died because a right decision was made at the wrong time. God was not asked how He wanted things done. Likewise, in ministry, if we make a right decision at the wrong time, we can kill a person’s ministry, we can kill momentum, or we can kill a person’s confidence, just to name a few.
So let’s reflect on our leadership. Ask God who He wants to fill that position; when and how He wants the church or your ministry to expand; what He wants you to speak to His people and what He wants you to pray over a person. We should consult God on every decision. Where do we need His wisdom?
With God’s guidance, you can make the right decision at the right time. Let’s commit to being leaders who consult God first before we make decisions for His Church.