2 Samuel 6:11 (KJV)
And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obed-edom, and all his household.
Tom and his wife were chosen by their church to host a guest minister of God for a special program. Until then, Tom and his wife lived in pretense but quarreled and fought in the closet of their home. However, during the minister’s stay, things changed, as Tom, who previously would hit his wife during arguments, developed self-control. His wife who was also very verbally abusive learned to restrain her tongue because of the presence of this minister in their home. They later repented and with counseling, became more aware of God’s presence in their marriage.
Like the couple in the story, many live their lives carelessly, through ungodly thoughts, words, and actions, just because they think that no one sees them. But God sees and knows all things.
From our text, the ark of the Lord represents the presence of God and where the presence of the Lord is, there is joy, goodness, liberty, vision and godly transformation (Psa 16:11, 2 Cor 3:16-18). The reason why these blessings are not the reality of many is their failure to walk in the awareness of God’s presence.
Therefore, by us walking with the awareness that we are carrying God’s presence, we learn to hate what God hates (sin) and obey that which He approves: loving Him and loving one another without pretense (Heb 1:9, 1Jn 4:12).
Go with the awareness today that you are a carrier of God’s presence and as you live your life based on this truth, you’ll surely be greatly blessed.