Take the Time
“The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore, God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.” (2 Sam. 6:7) That is one of the more troubling verses in the Bible. When someone you care about does something you do not understand, how do you respond? Do you write them off; attack their character; try to destroy them? Or do you take the time to try to get to know them better; try to understand what is going on? Whether it be in our relationships with God or each other, there seems to be an unwillingness to try to understand what motivates behavior that we find objectionable. Creating enemies out of those whose behavior or words we disagree with is not a course of action that is going to help. Making an enemy of God because of your opinion that He is in the wrong in killing Uzzah; pretending that this passage is not in the Bible, are not helpful responses. Taking the time to try to get to know God better is a healthy approach. This works whether we are talking about God or anyone else that we may disagree with in life. Trying to get to know God better through the context of this incident recorded in 2 Sam. 6, reveals much about God’s passionate involvement in our lives. He cares about His law, His honor and His relationship with us. His law and His honor are for our protection from the consequences of our own disobedience. God had repeatedly told the people how to carry the ark. They disobeyed Him. Their lack of concern for showing respect to God was a spiritual disease that would ultimately kill many thousands of Israelites due to choices which exposed them to deadly consequences. God gets mad to protect His law, His honor and His relationship with us. This is love. Those who take the time to try to understand why someone does what they do will end up raising the bar on their discipleship.