Is It Too Heavy?
We are going to have a review lesson from the Old Testament. Regarding the Ark of God. Ready?
We read in 1 Chronicles 13.7-14…
So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. 8 Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.
9 And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. 11 And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day. 12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”
13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.
Uzza saw the oxen (pulling the ark) stumble, reached his hand out to stabilize the cart, and was struck down dead. The rule was NO HUMAN HAND SHOULD TOUCH THE ARK OF GOD. It had ring-like things on the corners for poles to be inserted and moved place to place.
Side note: NEVER was the Ark of God to be moved by oxen (beasts of burden) – only by the Levites and carrying it the way God had instructed. (1 Chronicles 15.1-2)
This was serious stuff.
So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom with joy. 26 And so it was, when God helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. 28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps. 1 Chronicles 15.26-28
The Ark of God was no lightweight item – it was heavy and untouchable! Interesting, when GOD helped them, the transfer was successful and joyful.
Is there something we are trying to carry, which is too heavy for us to carry alone? What if God comes alongside us and helps us?
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11.28-30
We don’t have to haul our problems alone. Jesus Christ Himself said, “Bring them to Me.”
We have to CHOOSE to go to Him with the burdens and heavy loads – and, if I might suggest, throw those things at Him. Heave-ho! Get rid of them. 1 Peter 5.7 says, “Cast your burden upon the Lord because He cares about you.”
Yoke symbolizes “relationship” – Jesus Christ wants us to walk with Him, talk with Him, sit down with Him – He doesn’t want to be a Sunday morning visitor – He desires a 24/7 relationship with us.
I know you’ve heard me say, “Never say amen!” This implies talking with my Best Friend all day long, non-stop!
So, What’s Too Heavy?
We all have something. Try giving the burden, the too-heavy situation to The One whose desire is to be in relationship (yoked) with us. And, then, just maybe because we allow Him to help us He will enable us to get to the place we want to be.
Are you willing to try? I want to do better in this area. Join me.