2 Samuel 6:6-12 6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The LORD’S anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 Then David was angry because the LORD’S wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah. 9 David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, “How can the ark of the LORD ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the LORD to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household. 12 Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went down and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all been mad at God. It’s so taboo, isn’t it? We think that if we get mad at God we aren’t quite spiritual enough. We think that he will reject us or send us to hell if we express some anger His way. So we try really hard to repress it. The funny thing is, He knows how we feel. He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good…. Oh wait, that’s Santa. The point is, I think we have all struggled with not knowing what to do with our feelings toward God. We feel that if we get frustrated with Him, we must not have very much faith or understanding of who He is. That might be true. But I love the honesty of this scripture today, as David just gets angry. It’s an honest response to a relationship.
You see, earlier that morning, they had transferred the ark to another cart. I’m not entirely sure if they touched it, but it’s likely that they did. Then you have this guy Uzzah who reaches out to make sure the ark didn’t fall. You wouldn’t want the presence of God to fall and get broken would you? Surely God must need some help with this one. So he reaches out with seemingly good intentions and God kills him. This really got David frustrated. “I don’t get you God! He was just trying to help!” We don’t understand why God does all that He does, do we? Maybe Uzzah had an issue going on in his heart we don’t know about. Maybe his problem was thinking God needed his help. Maybe he simply violated one of God’s rules by touching it. Who knows? The reality is, God’s wrath showed up and that was the end of Uzzah.
Like David, we get pretty bent out of shape when we don’t understand why God does what He does. We get frustrated when He doesn’t seem to show up on time, when He doesn’t heal. But the truth is, we don’t understand His ways. I don’t know exactly why God killed Uzzah and it frustrates me too, but it’s not up to me. It was His decision. I am not in sin for wondering or thinking it was mean. I am free to take that to Him in the context of our relationship.
Look how God responded to David’s anger. He didn’t retaliate, He just blessed someone else. David learned that when you get God, you get Him all. With the danger and mystery and wrath of the presence of God, also came great blessing and prosperity. With the fear of the Lord also came great peace. So what did David do? He got over it and decided he wanted all of God. He wanted that blessing and that covering. He wanted the presence of God to be in his city, in his midst. That’s what we get with God. Our relationship with Him is not all about our blessing. It is also about our sacrifice and the understanding that He is the Sovereign Lord.