You can have a great idea, possibly even from God, and still…someone gets killed.

The other morning I was reflecting upon I Chronicles chapter 13. David had a good idea, let’s bring the ark of God back to the city of David. First he consulted with his captains who oversaw thousands, then he consulted with captains of hundreds, then all of his leaders, then finally the people as a whole.

Such wisdom. When David presented his good idea he didn’t say, “The Lord told me, this is what were going to do.” David demonstrated not only wisdom… but humility: “If it seems good to you and if it is from God…” and what was the result? Everybody got on board (vs. 4)

Notice how David tested the idea out before setting anything in motion. This shows us: 1) wisdom, 2) humility, 3) patience. But even with all of this… the idea became a disaster. Not that the idea was wrong, but the execution was wrong resulting in Uzza being executed.

It’s unlikely that the Levites (who were present) would have forgotten the parameters laid down from God by which the ark was to be moved. I’m speculating but did it seem to them that moving the ark on a cart pulled by ox would be much quicker than being carried on the shoulders of the Levites as the Law commanded? Did their enthusiasm produce a rush, cutting some corners, overlooking some “minor” details in order to get the ark back home?

In order to avoid an Uzza-execution we must:

1. Start with the good idea.

2. Run it past many consultants and especially those will be the most affected by it.

3. Obtain “buy in.”

4. Invest as much time in planning the execution of the good idea as we did securing the “buy in” of the good idea… fighting the urge to move too fast.

Leaders need to learn how to execute without an execution.

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