Doing Things God’s Way

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord . . . When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it . . . The anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there.” 2 Samuel 6:5-7 NASB

The people of Israel were returning the ark to its rightful place. It was a moment to celebrate. The ark was being transported on a cart when the oxen stumbled. Concerned that the ark might fall, Uzzah (one of the men steering the ark) reacted instantly, only concerned with steadying the ark, not God’s rules for who could touch it.
But, after touching the ark, he was struck down. Many in Israel, including David, did not understand these actions. But they were learning an important lesson about God. They were learning that He is serious about His Word. That His Word is true in every situation. That we should not take His Word for granted.
His Word is the key to success and pleasing Him. For here we learn His expectations. How we should live. What we should avoid. The Bible shows that God rewards those who obey Him and take His Word seriously. Who apply it in their lives. We suffer the consequences when we disobey.
Many Christians do not understand these truths. They think that it’s acceptable to compromise. That they can do what they want, as long as they can justify their actions. Many seem more concerned about pleasing friends or acquaintances than obeying God, worried that
others might think them “fanatics.”
But God wants us to see that He always wants us to obey Him, and follow His principles.
Today, seek to know God’s Word. Don’t take Him for granted. Base your life on His Word. And don’t give in to compromise.


Prayer: Father, help me to do things Your way. Keep me from following the ways of the world. Give me sensitivity to Your Word. I hunger to please and serve You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.