“The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.” (13:10)
This story baffles people today, as it baffled David. “This is our God, why should He strike us down like an enemy?”
Jesus has, and is, and always will be the only safe way to approach God. Only through Christ. No being cool with Him because you’re from the right family or doing the right things. The presence and favor of God isn’t a lucky charm we can bend to fit our context. In a knee-jerk decision, Uzza considered himself righteous enough to touch the ark, but he wasn’t.
I don’t want to fall into a “hey God, I’m going this way, bless me” mindset. I am His daughter, yes, and my life is hidden in Christ’s, but I want to remember, every day, to choose humility and surrender. I’m following Him, not leading Him somewhere.
I arrived in France today and spent a lot of time on the plane wondering, “how did this work out??” All the best things which have transpired this year have been acts of God, in spite of me. Somehow, I still have to constantly remind myself not to try to take over. He is God, I am not. It’s always got to be His way in His timing.
The ark eventually makes it to Jerusalem, carried the proper way. In the meantime, the family of Obed-edom was blessed to have His presence dwell there. Do I try to get God’s presence to come to me? Or will I seek Him where He is?
Again, it’s always humility and obedience. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10)