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Daily Reading: August 16th
August 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
#DailyDevotion When You Believe God Is Good To You, You Are Good To Others
2 Sam 6:1–19
2Sa 6:7-9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. (8) And David was angry because the LORD had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. (9) And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?”
Now the Law of Moses said that only certain priest were able to touch the ark and anyone else who touched it would die. Uzzah, while trying to do what he thought was the right thing, died having touched the ark. The Lord can be a stickler for details particularly religious ones. He was angered by Uzzah’s disobedience and so he kept his word and struck him dead. David, like us, who have limited wisdom and knowledge find this disconcerting. David gets angry. He does not understand the Lord. Then David gets afraid. We may get angry with the Lord sometimes also because we don’t understand what God is doing and why he is doing it. We also may get fearful because of our thoughts against the Lord in our anger. What does David do with his fear? He keeps away from the Lord and place the ark of the Lord someplace else.
But when David later hears and sees the Lord has blessed those with whom he placed the ark his fear is removed. God is not capricious. The Lord was acting as he said he would. So when David goes and retrieves the ark again this time he offers up sacrifices to the Lord and rejoices before the Lord. As king he offers up not only sacrifices to the Lord but he blesses his people and gives gifts to them as he recognizes all the Lord had done and given to him.
We too may get angry with God because we don’t understand the mind of the Lord. We may stay away from worshipping the Lord because of our fears. But if we look to the cross of Jesus and realize what the Lord has done for us there, our fears and anger can be taken away. For on the cross, God’s wrath toward us is removed. Jesus has become a curse for us on the cross. His blood spilt there has redeemed us. More than that, as we are joined to his cross in baptism we are made sons of God and may come to God as dear children come to a dear father. Paul tells us in Christ’s cross the Father no longer counts our trespasses against us. In Jesus we now have peace with God for God is at peace with us. The Father is reconciled with us. He calls to us to be reconciled with him in Jesus.
When we too believe the Lord is reconciled to us and no longer counts our trespasses against us, when we believe we have been adopted as his children through the water of baptism, when we believe he has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of eternal life, then we too like David can bestow gifts upon people and do good them because that is what the Lord has done for us.
Heavenly Father, gracious God, we thank you for sending Jesus out of your great love for us making peace and reconciliation between us. Help us always to believe this and live likewise towards all those we meet along the way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.