Recently, one of my friends had some guests come over and stay at their home for over 2 months. They were from out of town, and had come in to the city to attend a course in fine arts. To put it mildly, their lives were disrupted. Everything about their house, their routine, their diet and their sleeping patterns; everything had changed. In fact, even their household chores changed. The guests who were no longer ‘guests’ had obviously overstayed. My friends were not comfortable inviting their other friends over and had quite a dull Christmas week.
The Bible tells us the story of an individual who had a guest come over and stay at his place for three months. But unlike my friends, this man’s life was blessed.
This day was supposed to be the most important day in the history of Israel. The presence of God (the Ark of the Covenant) was being transported back to Jerusalem after more than 40 years. However things went wrong and a man ended up dying.
King David, who was leading this procession, did not want to proceed in the journey to carry the Ark back to the people. So, he decides to leave the Ark in the house of a man named Obed-Edom. Can you imagine this setting? The king of your country is asking you, “Will you allow the Presence of God into your house for some time?”
This is essentially what happened to Obed-Edom in 2 Samuel 6:6-12.
Not too many people know about Obed-Edom. And if we receive the truths about this man’s life, the way you and I worship God will change forever. He wasn’t a priest. He wasn’t eligible to house the Ark. He was from the land of Goliath, yet he was entrusted with the job of taking care of the Ark. When King David (a worshipper) looked around, he spotted this worshipper in a crowd of religious folks. He entrusted Obed-Edom with the job of hosting God in his house.
Obed-Edom’s name literally means “work or serve, slave or servant, from Edom.” But Obed-Edom chose to honour God. Like my friend I mentioned about, his lifestyle was also disrupted. His schedules changed. He had to pay attention to the Ark, lighting the incense sticks, caring for the Ark. Keeping the room clean. He took care about who he would allow home. What lifestyle he led. In a modern day setting; what kind of books, TV programmes he would allow at his place. He hosted God. And as he did that, the Bible says in 2 Samuel 6:11-12 says, “Obed-Edom’s entire household and everything he had was blessed”
What a powerful set of scriptures. When the presence of God came to live in the house of Obed-Edom, EVERYTHING he had was blessed. So blessed that the king had to be informed!
Whoa! This is how I imagine it occurred…
The servants went up to the king and said, “We know you were a shepherd boy, who worshipped God and were blessed. But there is one who seems to be outdoing your worship; and he seems to be getting blessed even more… And it is happening in time lesser than it took for you!”
Friends, I really want you to get a grip on this. When we host God, we give Him access to bless us. Every area of our life becomes blessed (Click to Tweet). Broken marriages, finances, relationships, business… Your business becomes God’s business!
But even more importantly when He blesses you, He blesses you with His Presence.
If only we understand this truth. Anyone can have a successful business, but not God’s Presence.
Obed-Edom’s story does not end with the blessing. In fact, it goes on to tell us how He was addicted to the Presence of God. And how he left his home and followed the ark to Jerusalem. He served in the House of God and his generations were blessed; all because he chose to host God in his lifetime.
The greatest blessing in our life is to have His Presence. That’s what Moses meant when he said, “If your Presence does not go with us…”
Choose to host Him today in wherever He has placed you!