Recalibrate means to adjust precisely for a particular use; to measure against a standard.
There are many of us that have to go through a recalibration to get back to the standard that God has set.
“Many of us have not adhered to the standard, we’ve just moved the target.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Lesson #1 – We learn that just because I have the “What” does not mean I have the “How”.
The What: David had a good idea, “bringing the Ark back to Israel”
The How: A New Cart
The Philistines did this when they took the Ark of God with their god, Dagon. The Philistines suffered having the Ark with them, so they took some milk cows and sent the Ark off. And now David is trying to do the exact same thing. The issue isn’t what you are doing; it is how you are doing it. David was devastated because Uzzah died because David didn’t do this the right way.
Just because you had a failed situation, it does not make you a failure.
Lesson #2 – God’s Hand is Still on Me
1 Chronicles 14:2 – And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
You may have had a failure, but God won’t allow you to stay stuck there. God reminds David that His hand is still on him. After David’s failure, David’s notoriety, stature, and fame skyrocketed.
Lesson #3 – To Inquire Of God
In 1 Chronicles 14:8-10, we see that David inquired of God what he should do. And God gave David a breakthrough.
Must make of habit of inquiring of God. Never make an assumption about the instruction that God gives; God will do it on his time; don’t put God in a box
The name of the place that Uzzah touched the Ark and died was called Perez-uzza. It literally means “Outburst Against”. The place where God gave the Philistines into David’s hand is called Baal Perazim, which means “Master of Breakthrough”. The difference between God breaking out against you verses for you depends on your inquiry of Him.
When we look throughout the Bible, we see, for example, different ways that people crossed a body of water.
- Moses – raised a rod
- Joshua – stepped in the water
- Elijah – struck the water
- Jesus – walked on the water
- Disciples – Got in a boat
Lesson #4 – God Has a Way to Accomplish the Task
In 1 Chronicles 15:13 – Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” God never wanted the Ark (His presence) driven around on a cart. It was to be carried. All they had to do was look in the Word, see what it said, and do it.
God will show you a snapshot of your future; all twists and turns will not be shown.
“Anger does not manufacture a calling.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Lesson #5 – Expect God’s Help
1 Chronicles 15:25-26 – So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.
Help means to surround, protect, and aid. So we can expect God to surrounding, protecting, and aiding us while we are doing what God called us to do!
Everyone Will Not Be For Your Success
When we look at the end of chapter 15 in verse 29, we see this verse – And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of Jehovah came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and playing; and she despised him in her heart.
2 Samuel 6:21 – 21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
Recognize that everyone will not be excited about your breakthrough.