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. 2 Samuel 6:7
After the ark of the covenant had been in the hands of the Philistines for a time, David had finally got it back. He was having it brought back to Jerusalem. On the way the oxen, that were carrying it, stumbled and ark started to tip over. Uzzah reached out to grab it and steady it. This went against God’s laws to never touch the ark by hand. God was angry with him and struck him down.
Being reverent for something means that one will have the proper respect for that item or person. It is very common for people to be irreverent about many different things. They will crack bad jokes about the president, God, churches, their boss, the police, their parents, and most anything else. This can be constantly seen in nearly every television show and movie.
Not only can this be seen in the world, it can also be seen in the church. People in the church should have the proper respect for what is holy. As the pastor is speaking, how many times are people texting, or talking, or doing something else? There is no respect for the pastor or God’s word that was given him. Others will make jokes about God’s word or play around when there is a time of prayer.
There is a fine line between freedom and being irreverent with what is God’s things, those things that are holy. You are not to be a legalist in dealing with the things of God, but should have a healthy, holy respect for them.
As a believer, you must have the highest respect and honor for anything that is holy. Some things that are holy are: times of prayer, reading of God’s word, talking about God, witnessing, and any place God has set up for a place of worship.
How are you treating the things of God?
Are you showing God the respect and honor He deserves?
Or are you being irreverent and selfish, like the world around you?
I pray today that you will see the holiness in the things of God; that you will treat all the things of God with great respect; that God will not have a reason to be angry with you; and that the world will see through you the holiness of God.