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Monday, August 27, 2012


You probably know the story in 2 Samuel 6:6 – 11.  The Ark is not in Jerusalem and David, rightly I think, sets about to move it there.  However, during the move, the Ark becomes unstable and one of the men, Uzzah, reaches out to keep it from falling, and is zapped by the Lord for his troubles.  David becomes angry with God.
There is not a good result when we try to shortcut our relationship with God.
People struggle with this.  Here both David and Uzzah are trying to do something that they think will honor God and the outcome is not what they expected, especially for Uzzah.  What is going on here?  Was David’s anger with God justified?  Not so much.

David was trying to do the right thing the wrong way.

God gave specific directions on how the ark was to be moved, Exodus 25:14, 37:5; Deuteronomy 10:8.  David did not remotely follow those directions.  His disregard of the Lord’s specific instructions resulted in the death of Uzzah.  Uzzah's death was a direct result of a failure of David’s leadership.

Doing the right thing the wrong way, taking short cuts when God has directed another path, does not have a good result.  God wants each of us to have a personal relationship with Him through His Word and prayer.  If we try to shortcut that by only allowing others to tell us what they get out of the Word, attempting to live on their time with the Lord, we will not have a good result.  The how is as important as the what.