For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order (1 Chronicles 15:13).
God wants you to carry out His instructions according to the prescribed order. To do otherwise is to walk against His perfect will, like what happened to David and the children of Israel when they didn’t follow His prescribed order in moving the ark of God into the city of David.
David got a new cart, and two men, Uzzah and Ahio, rode in the cart together with the ark as they drove it to the city of David (2 Samuel 6:3).
Then, something significant happened. The oxen pulling the cart stumbled and the cart shook. Uzzah tried to stop the ark from falling and when he did, he died instantly. David, baffled and afraid at what had happened, wouldn’t bring the ark into the city anymore. They had to keep it in the house of a man named Obed-edom. Interestingly, while the ark of God was in Obed-edom’s house, he and his family prospered exceedingly.
David couldn’t but wonder why the same ark that Uzzah touched and died would bring so much blessing to another man and his family. Then he found out why, as he searched the Scriptures. In 1 Chronicles 15:2, God’s prescribed order was that only the priests (the Levites) should carry the ark of God. That was God’s plan.
David, realizing their error, said to the priests and elders of Israel, “For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order” (1 Chronicles 15:13). How important this is! Uzzah could have been spared, had they followed God’s prescribed order.
It brings to mind the Lord’s admonition to Moses while he was to set up the Tabernacle; He said to him, “See…that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5). There’s a pattern; there’s a way; there’s a prescribed order in doing the things of God; follow it and you’ll experience His grace and blessings in your life and service of God.