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The danger of familiarity

“And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzza and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzza put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.” 2 Samuel 6:3, 6-7 KJV

The danger of familiarity

Are you too familiar with God? A lot of Christians are familiar with the Bible reading today in which Uzza stretched for his hand to steady the Ark of God when it was being carried to the city of David and God was angry with Uzzah and he died. What a lot of people are not familiar with though is the fact that Uzza was the son of Abinadab from whose house the ark was being collected. I would assume that Uzza and the rest of the family had been caring for the ark and cleaning same while with them so it would be reflex to reach out to support the ark. However, the ark was being returned to the sit of power in Isreal, heralded with worship. The glory of the Lord must have descended on the ark and the move to help at a time like that was an insult. Habakkuk 2:20 says “The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him”. The same God who had been speaking with Moses previously warned Moses that no man can see his face and live when Moses asked that God should show him his glory. Our God is a loving father and he is also a consuming fire. Be careful to let the familiarity from the place of fellowship make you want to assist when he is on the move. Don’t help God. He is more than able and he is always on time even though circumstances around may want to make you question His abilities.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being such a loving father. Please Lord, don’t let me ever get carried away by the fellowship with you. Dear HolySpirit, please prompt me at all times that I may not stray in Jesus name 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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