READ: II SAMUEL 6:1-11 & I CHRONICLES 15:11-13
Uzzah was unfortunately an innocent bystander of a much bigger lesson in the life of David. David was attempting to bring the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem because it symbolically represented the presence of God. As the Ark was being transported into Jerusalem, Uzzah reached out to steady it. He must have thought that he was doing the right thing. I mean, who could stand idly by while watching something so precious fall and break to pieces? However, the Bible says “the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah” and God “struck him down.” Why would God do that?
Even David couldn’t understand it. Uzzah was sincerely trying to help! It says that “David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah.” How could God be so harsh? Didn’t He see Uzzah’s heart? David believed something that many people believe today: that sincerity equals truth.
Later on, David explains to the Levites why God’s anger broke out against Uzzah as they were attempting to transport the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. He says, “We did not inquire of [God] in about how to do it in the prescribed way.” David figured it out! God expects obedience to the “prescribed way” without compromise! There is a prescribed way to follow God, there is a prescribed way to become a Christian, and there is a prescribed way change the world! Sincerity is not the equivalent of God’s prescribed way!
Imagine going to a doctor with an ailment of some sort. He examines you and prescribes you a medication. However, instead of taking the medicine your doctor prescribes, you decide to take a different medication. You may be sincerely trying to get well, but sincerity doesn’t replace the need to follow the prescription from the doctor.
God is the ultimate doctor! He knows what we all need. And our sincerity does not make up for His prescribed way — the Word of God! Let’s not fall to the same fate as Uzzah. Let’s inquire about how to do it right!