I Chron. 13:9-10 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark. Then the LORD’s anger blazed out against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had laid his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God.
Each time I read this passage, I am struck by the how God dealt with Uzzah. King David was leading a procession to bring the Ark into Jerusalem. They were doing their best to honor God, but they were not doing things in the way God had instructed the Israelites to do it. The responsibility for carrying the Ark was reserved for the Levites. David’s heart was in the right place, but he failed to do things the right way.
God sent a clear message to David and his people. God was holy and He would be treated as holy or there was a price to pay. The Ark was God’s dwelling place. It was where God had declared He would be amongst His people. The intent of David’s heart was to bring the presence of God back to His people.
However, in order for God to dwell amongst His people, He must be regarded as holy. We must respect and honor Him as holy. Most people do not do that very well today. If we were to regard God as holy, we would have a much greater concern about sin. We would strive harder to not sin. We would address sin wherever we found it amongst His children. We would be far more diligent in our efforts to live godly lives. We would be far more focused on God than we are the other things in our lives.
The greatest need that we have today is to reclaim our passion for holy living. We cannot manufacture holiness by the things we do. It is only found in a dedicated and determined life lived in Christ. If you find yourself to be less than holy in your conduct, conversations and thoughts, return to the Lord your God. Bow before Him with humility and brokenness. Ask Him to forgive you for your lack of holiness. Renew your commitment to Christ. Rededicate yourself to loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul. Without holiness, no one shall see God or be with Him.