Careless, Carelessness

* Definition of careless

Careless means indifferent; negligent (NLT)

* Careless ones will begin to care

The people turned their back son God and concentrated on their own pleasures.  this warning is not just to the women of Jerusalem but to all who sit back in their thoughtless complacency, enjoying crops, cloths, land, and cities while an enemy approaches.  Wealth and luxury bring false security, lulling us into thinking all is well when disaster is around the corner.  By abandoning God’s purpose for our life, we also abandon his help. (NLT)

Isaiah 32:9-13 – Listen, you women who lie around in lazy ease.  Listen to me, and I will tell you of your reward.  In a short time–in just a little more than a year–you careless ones will suddenly begin to care.  For your fruit crop will fail, and the harvest will never take place.  Tremble, you women of ease; throw off your unconcern.  Strip off your pretty clothes, and wear sackcloth in your grief.  Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms that will soon be gone, and for those fruitful vines of other years.  For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers.  Your joyful homes and happy cities will be gone.

* Careless living, drinking, or foolish pursuit of pleasure

Jesus told the disciples to keep a constant watch for his return.  Although nearly 2,000 years have passed since he spoke these words, their truth remains: Christ is coming again, and we need to watch and be spiritually fit.  This means working faithfully at the tasks God has given us.  Don’t let your mind and spirit be dulled by careless living, drinking, or the foolish pursuit of pleasure.  Don’t let the cares of this life weigh you down.  Be ready to move at God’s command.

Luke 21:34-36 – [Jesus said] “Watch out!  Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life.  Don’t let that day catch you unaware, as in a trap.  For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.  Keep a constant watch.  And pray that, if possible, you may escape these horrors and stand before the son of Man.”

* Carelessness in obeying God

Aaron’s sons were careless about following the laws for sacrifices.  In response, God destroyed them with a blast of fire.  Performing the sacrifices was an act of obedience.  Doing them correctly showed respect for God.  It is easy for us to grow careless about obeying God, to live our way instead of God’s.  But if one way were just as good as another, God would not have commanded us to live his way.  He always has good reasons for his commands, and he always place ourselves in danger when we consciously or carelessly disobey them. (NLT)

Leviticus 10:2 – So fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before the Lord.

* Carelessness of David in transporting the Ark

David was angry that a well-meaning man had been killed and that his plans for a joyous return of the Ark had been spoiled.  He undoubtedly knew that the fault was his own for transporting the Ark carelessly.  After cooling down, he had the Ark put into temporary storage while he waited to see if the Lord would allow him to bring it to Jerusalem.  This also gave David time to consider the right way to transport the Ark.  The fact that God blessed the home of Obed-edom was a sign to David that he could try once again to move the Ark to Jerusalem. (NLT)

2 Samuel 6:8-12 – David was angry because the Lord’s anger had blazed out against Uzzah.  He named that place Perez0-uzzah (which means “Outbreak against Uzzah”).  It is still called that today.

David was now afraid of the Lord and asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the Lord back into my care?”  So David decided not to move the Ark of the Lord into the City of David.  He took it instead to the home of Obed-edom of Gath.  The Ark of the Lord remained there with the family of Obed-edom for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.

Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s home and everything he has because of the Ark of God.”  So David went there and brought the Ark to the City of David with a great celebration.

* Don’t be careless about your faith

As the Ark was being brought back to Israel on an ox cart, the oxen stumbled.  Uzzah, trying to steady the Ark with his hand, was killed instantly for touching it.  The mistake was not in David’s desire to move the Ark but in his method for its return.  David either ignored or was unaware of the specific instructions in God’s law about how the Ark was to be moved.  Obviously he had discovered his mistake and was now preparing to correct it.  This incident was a divine object lesson to all Israel that God governed the king and not the other way around.  If David had been allowed to handle the Ark of God carelessly, what would that have said to the people about their faith? (NLT)

1 Chronicles 15:13 – “Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the Lord our God burst out against us.  We failed to ask God how to move it in the proper way.”

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