6 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. 7 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God. — 2 Samuel 6:6,7 NLT
When we read these verses, it seems that God was mighty harsh on Uzzah for trying to do the right thing and steady the Ark so that it would not fall. But when God instructed Moses to build the Ark, he also gave Moses specific instructions on how to build it and who could carry it. David and the Israelis were aware of this.
First of all, David was wrong in letting anyone but the Levites carry the Ark and the Levites were supposed to carry it on their shoulders with the poles that were stuck through the rings on the side of the Ark. The Ark should never have been on a cart. If the Ark had not been on the cart, then Uzzah would not have been tempted to sin. When we decide to something to honor God, we must saturate it in prayer and be sure that we are doing it God’s way and in His timing. There is only one letter difference in “good” things and “God” things. The letter “o’, but oh!, what a difference that can make in our efforts ending in a success or a failure. When God says there is only one way to do something, then we must pay heed and not accept or condone anything less. When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father except through me.”, He was completely truthful and serious. There is no other way; not Mohammed, not Buddha, not Rev. Moon, not Mother Earth, and definitely not ourselves. In a world of chaos and uncertainty, there is a Solid Rock that never changes or moves. Place your faith in and your feet on that Solid Rock and refuse to be moved. Don’t doubt, don’t dapple, don’t touch anything else. He is the same God yesterday, today and He will be the same God tomorrow and He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Let us make that same promise to Him.