2 Samuel 6:6-7
When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 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.
In verse 6, Uzzah is in perfect health, serving the Lord. By the end of verse 7, he’s stone-cold dead as an example to Israel. And why?
Because he… Did his job? Kept the Ark out of the mud? Did the obvious and logical thing?
Why did Uzzah have to die?
The answer is, at once, incredibly simple and equally condemning. He had to die because he did something that I – and probably you – do everyday.
Uzzah saw a situation and he immediately reacted. And in that one moment of rash action, Uzzah sealed his fate.
I often brag about my ability to “see a problem and fix a problem.” But in seeing and fixing a “problem,” I often create an even bigger problem. I might quickly solve the present situation but by not taking God’s eternal perspective into consideration, I inadvertently remove myself from His Will.
When Uzzah saw the Ark teetering, the most pressing problem from his perspective was the symbol of God’s glory falling into the mud. He saw the problem and fixed the problem by reaching out a hand and lifting it up. But when Uzzah failed to consider God’s law against touching the Ark, the problem multiplied a hundredfold. He saw a problem and fixed a problem but he fixed it with a human solution. And he was punished for it.
By the way, Uzzah’s “situation” was caused because an earlier problem of how to transport the ark was solved with a human solution. Putting the Ark on a cart seemed like a great idea but it wasn’t God’s idea. If the men moving the Ark had first considered God, the Ark would have been mounted on poles on the shoulders of Levites and Uzzah would have never had a problem to solve.
Poorly solved problems multiply. And eventually men die. Maybe physically. Probably spiritually.
What problems have you solved poorly? What “solutions” have grown into bigger problems than the original?