Follow The Instructions

by Fred Alcain on April 30, 2021


1 Chronicle 13:9,11-"When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah."


Here’s one of the cases where I’m left wondering, “really?!” Uzzah was trying to help out, he was doing what he thought was best. The ark was falling and all he did was reach out to steady it. Good job right? Wrong!


I would’ve reacted like David. I would’ve gotten a little angry, I’m angry now as I write this! I wanna ask God “why” even though I know the answer. God gave the people clear instructions on how the ark was to be transported, emphasizing that it was not to be touched. So, as good as Uzzah’s intentions were, it was negated by his disobedience. 

How many times have I done the same thing? I know what God commands, yet I let my good intentions supersede His instructions. I fail to trust in His promise and take matters into my own hands. I’m impatient, and instead of being still and know that He is God, I compromise in my mind that my action and its pure intent will be acceptable.

When I take matters into my own hands I move my agenda above His and ignore His authority in my life. There’s no difference between the big and small compromises, disobedience is disobedience. I need to follow the instructions to a “t”.


Jesus, I choose to trust and obey. As the old song goes, “When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way; While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey”

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