When A Good Party Goes Bad

This is a week of celebration for Restoration City Church.  Last Sunday’s launch service is still so fresh in my heart and we should all be in awe of what God is doing through our church right now.  He’s allowing us to experience something unique and we should celebrate!

But this is also a spiritually dangerous time.

My concern comes from the dramatic shift we see in three short verses out of 2 Samuel 6.  King David and 30,000 men had just taken the ark of God from Abinadab’s house and were on their way back to Jerusalem when Scripture records this:

“And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 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.” – 2 Samuel 6:5-7

They were partying it up in verse 5 and why wouldn’t they?  God had shown them great favor and was blessing their efforts.  They had the ark, they were headed home and everything was right with the world.  But the favor that should have deepened reverence got twisted into pride.  Uzzah got sloppy and he paid for it with his life.

The real issue is that they never should have been carrying the ark on a cart in the first place.  God had made it very clear that the ark was to be carried with poles so no man even came near it.  Exodus 25:13-15 couldn’t be clearer, “You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it.

David and his men assumed God’s blessing gave them license to get sloppy, to cut corners, to slack off just a bit.  And the results were disastrous.

God is working through Restoration City.  We have much to celebrate before the Lord.  But don’t let last Sunday’s victory become an excuse for sloppiness in your life.  Don’t start indulging temptation, don’t neglect your Bible, don’t let your prayer life falter, don’t run from community.  Stay sharp!

Our work as a church is just starting.  Stay focused on Jesus, anchored in the gospel and in awe of God.  There’s so much ahead of us.  Now isn’t the time to get complacent!

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