“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from before the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:1-2).
Nadab and Abihu had just been anointed to stand in the office of priest. They were at the beginning of their ministry. My fiery Presence had just come down to receive the offerings I had commanded.
They had been on Mt. Sinai in My Presence and shared a fellowship meal before Me. They knew the awesomeness of My fiery Presence.
They should have remained still in My Presence, waiting for orders.
All of the implements of worship had been made and anointed and sanctified for use. They were like little boys wanting to “play with their new toys.” But I had not commanded them to offer incense yet. There was a time and place for that in My order, but that was not the time nor was it the place.
Obedience to My commands is your protection. Presumption, whether in action or timing or both, is a stepping out of My order and therefore out of My protection.
As the day of My coming draws nearer, My Presence is intensifying in the earth. The more intense My Presence is, the more critical your obedience will be. Your life will depend on your hearing and obeying. If you don’t hear My orders to do or not do, don’t move. Don’t act simply because you think “it’s the thing to do.”
“In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Choose rightly, My Child, to be still and get your orders from Me. Your life depends on it.
In Quietness and Confidence by Sharon Buss
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