Read 1 Chronicles 15
Focus on verse 2
Just a few chapters back you may remember that King David was angry with God for striking down Uzzah when Uzzah touched the Ark of God. As I recall, David was the one who gave the order to put the ark on a cart. Here in chapter 15 we read that David insists that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God. Somewhere between Uzzah and the cart and today’s reading David figures out that he made a mistake and fixed it.
One of the secrets of succeeding at anything we attempt is to learn from our mistakes. A wise person I once worked under and was mentored by told me “I expect you to make some mistakes…what I don’t expect is to see is you making the same mistakes over and over.” David was successful because God was with him and because he learned from his errors. Saul was removed as king for the most part because he apparently did not learn from his mistakes.
Perhaps you’ve heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different result. When we refuse to learn from our mistakes it is more than just temporary insanity, which motivates us to stay there. When we refuse to alter our behavior the underlying motivation is rebellion. God doesn’t like rebellion as this the sin that keeps us from being in relationship with Him and His desire is for us to be in relationship with Him. In my experience I have found that when I walk in obedient relationship with God I actually make less mistakes, and though I would not say my life is necessarily easier in terms of the tasks God asks me to perform, but it is easier in terms of the sense of peace and contentment that it gives me knowing that I am in relationship with Him.