Neglected God

If we consider our lives, we could say that there are some things we neglect. Some people neglect their health. Some people neglect their children. Some people may neglect their pets. Some people may neglect their work obligations. Some people may neglect their household maintenance. Some people may neglect their appearance. Some people may neglect their family. Some people may neglect their finances. The list goes on and on.

Remember when the Israelites decided to bring the Ark of God into battle so that they could win the battle (so they thought)? Then the Ark was captured and for a long time it was not with the Israelites. This was the Ark of the Lord, the Ark that the people of Israel used to communicate with God. The same Ark that contained the jar of manna that was preserved, the Ten Commandments, as well as Aaron’s rod. So David spoke up and told the people of Israel that it was time to bring the Ark of the Lord back. “We neglected it during the reign of Saul,” he said.

Neglected it. This also could be interpreted as “ignored” or did not “seek,” “inquire,” or “consult.” These words are all listed in various translations. Today I want you to consider what you neglect—what you ignore. First and foremost, consider your relationship with God. Do you neglect it? Do you seek Him? Do you consult Him? Has it been awhile?

“It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul.” – 1 Chronicles 13:3 [NLT]

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