It´s shocking to discover that God means what He says!
I would like to bless you, entertain you and make you laugh. But not today. Maybe next month. God has something else on His mind for today. But please don´t stop reading because this is a good message and an important lesson for us to ponder.
I´m going to relate the story about King David bringing home (to Jerusalem) the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was placed on a cart driven by Uzzah and another guy whose name is not important for this particular message. It is Uzzah who I want to concentrate on.
The procession was very festive as David and the other leaders of Israel waved branches of juniper trees and played harps and tambourines and cymbals. Very festive, until, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah´s arm instinctively shot out to steady the Ark to keep it from falling. ´Then´, scripture says, ´ the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the Ark of God.´
Twenty years ago when I first read this passage in the Bible, I was shocked. Shocked because at that time I believed that good intentions were all that mattered. As long as our motives where right I thought that God would surely understand, sympathize and overlook any negligence on our part. Especially if the negligence was a result of ignorance. Well even the secular world has a saying; ´Ignorance of the law is no excuse.´
I questioned why and how this could happen when the Lord said to me, as clearly as if He spoke out loud, ´ Don´t you think I KNEW the oxen was going to stumble?´
Before the foundation of the world, the Lord knew that that cart was going to tip and the Ark was going to go flying, yet He still said, "Human hands were not to touch the Ark of the Covenant´ It was to be carried on poles. Did you notice the word carried? So, what was it doing riding on a cart in the first place?
When God says, "Do it My way", it is a command, not a suggestion. Not an option. Our opinions and good intentions do not contravene the ordinances of God.
King David was being careless and just followed the example of how the enemies of God, the Philistines, had transported the Ark. He never bothered to first find out what God said about the way it should be handled.
We tend to accept and even repeat customs, traditions and practices because we have become accustomed and familiar with them. Yet they can be far from anything that the Lord has decreed for a holy and sanctified people. Uzzah grew up with the Ark right in his own home, right under his nose for 20 years. He was very accustomed to seeing it and having it around. More than likely it had become commonplace and he did not give it the ´honor´ that God required. He was sincere in attempting to save the Ark from damage, nevertheless he had to suffer the consequences of his actions even though the motives of his heart were pure.
Being sincere and having right motives does not excuse disobedience to God´s word. We cannot imitate the world. We cannot dilute God´s word until it becomes acceptable. We are made in His image, yet so many today try to make God in their own image and what they think should be acceptable. While traveling the country I have seen two separate instances where people have brought their dog with them into the Sunday morning church service.
People seem to be playing with God. Yes, Jesus is our friend, but He is being treated like a buddy instead of the Lord and Savior who gave His life for us on a cruel cross.. God the Father is approached as some Sugar Daddy in the sky rather than the supreme and sovereign God of the whole universe. ´These things ought not to be so´.
We need respect for God and the things of God and God´s house back. We need to get on our faces before God and seek His will in our daily comings and goings. If we don´t, as Uzzah, we will surely suffer the consequences of our actions.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com