Thursday, March 11, 2010

Are you an Uzzah guy?

I got to meditate on a very short passage today from the chronicles (1 Chronicles 13).

7 They moved the ark of God from Abinadab's house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it. 8 David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals and trumpets.

9 When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.

I was surprised that someone who was genuinely concerned for God's welfare (the ark) was stricken and killed. It's like saying, we who work for God's Kingdom, who care for God's name, who long to share the gospel to others, may also experience the same fate as this Uzzah guy.

IF like Uzzah, we forget about God's holiness.
Touching the ark was a serious violation of God's law. This is a dramatic reminder of God's holiness and of the necessity of approaching God only according to his revealed instruction. Do you regard God as a perfect Holy being, that you can't help but kneal in awe of Him? Or do you see God as part of a boring routine?

IF like Uzzah, we think that God needs us.
How can we acknowledge our God as God, if we think that He is the one who needs us.. to do His ministry works, to spread His name, etc, etc, etc? Remember, God is perfect. Nothing can make Him even more complete, not even you.

IF like Uzzah, we think our ways are better than His ways.
When the oxen trembled, do you think that God was too powerless to save the ark?
If faced with problems, do you think that God does not know?
If God knows, do you think that your ways are still better than His?

Good morning! Have a blessed moment of reflection! :)

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