It is always a joy for me to watch babies and small children experience new things. When my niece and nephew were small, I took them to the zoo quite often. Every time they saw the elephants and monkeys, their eyes would get big as they watched in amazement.
For weeks they talked about the animals and could not wait to see them again. The next time we went to the zoo, their faces lit up as if they were seeing these creatures for the first time.
This was the same reaction the Israelites had when they were in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant. This holy artifact was very important to them. It was not only covered in gold and housed the Ten Commandments, but it carried with it the presence of God.
There was nothing more important to them than the presence of God. It was so special they were not allowed to touch it. Joshua 3: 4 says:
But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.
Priests were allowed to carry the ark but they, too, could not touch it. They inserted a pole through rings on each side of the ark to carry it. When travelling, the ark was carried ahead of the Israelites.
Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
They took the ark with them everywhere they went – even into battles against other nations. They always won. As long as God went before them, they always came out victorious.
But after many years, something changed. They stopped taking the ark with them when they went into battles. Eventually they were defeated and the ark was taken from them.
Let’s look at my niece and nephew. Even though they are young adults now and still love visiting the zoo, their amazement with the animals is not the same as when they were young children. As they got older, the animals became ordinary to them. They were no longer special.
The same thing happened to the Israelites. They became too familiar with God’s blessings and were no longer amazed. Their awe and wonder at the presence of God had faded.
Friends, let’s never lose our excitement for the blessings God gives to us every day. Let’s not lose our reverence for what should be amazing like a rainbow, puppies playing, a deer crossing the road or babies laughing.
Be more aware of God’s presence in your life every day and let him go ahead of you in everything you do.
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