I work with a woman who is very much a control freak. If you don’t do things her way, you simply don’t do them, at least not with her. In my line of work teamwork is essential so days I am assigned to work with her are, to put it mildly, challenging. My husband is a temperament therapist. That means that he counsels people about their inborn way of interacting with people to try to get them to accentuate the strengths of their style and to diminish or eradicate the weaknesses. He could help my choleric coworker submit to the power of the Holy Spirit so He could re-channel that energy in a positive way.
This spring in my journey through the Bible I was reading Exodus and all the building specs for the tabernacle and its furnishings. One of the details had to do with transporting the Ark of the Covenant, the place where God dwelled. The tabernacle was constructed so that staves were put through rings along the sides of the Ark for the priests to carry it (Exodus 25:13-15). No one was allowed to touch the Ark of the Covenant, for the penalty was death.
Then yesterday I read the story where Uzza was transporting the Ark of the Covenent on an ox cart like the Philistines transported their goods. Why had this priest not followed the instructions God gave for carrying the Ark? Had he thought carrying the Ark on priestly shoulders was too heavy, slow, burdensome, or, perhaps too old-fashioned, tedious, boring. Hipster Uzza may have thought God needed a fancier, more up-to-date presentation? Uzza paid for these thoughts with his life. When the ox cart teetered and the Ark began to fall, Uzza lunged forward to steady it–and died. It was all so needless because that’s what the rings were for–to carry the Ark steadily without touching it!
Uzza’s demise is a solemn reminder that God does not need my help. God needs my obedience and passionate, all-consuming allegience to His agenda. His agenda is love . When my heart wants what He wants, I move another baby step closer to dying to self and am better prepared to “carry the Ark”.
Because of His grace,