by Kevin Graves
OCTOBER 31, 2014

God Means What He Says


“And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God” (I Chronicles 13:9-10).


In the tragic event of Uzza dying from touching the ark we learn a valuable and sobering message that centers around God's sincerity when He speaks. God had given specific instructions for how the Israelites were to transport the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:14, 15). But David and the rest of Israel failed to follow God's commands: and Uzza paid with his life. If this account teaches us anything it teaches God really means what He says. It teaches us when God speaks we need to heed His warnings and follow His commands, or we will suffer the same fate as Uzza. There are several commands and warnings God gives to us through His New Covenant that we as Christians had better heed and follow.

God means what He says about marriage and divorce. From the beginning of creation God intended for marriage to be a life-long commitment between a husband and wife (Genesis 2:24). Marriage is so important to God that He used it as an illustration to show the relationship Christ has with His Church (Ephesians 5:22-33). The Bible places a great deal of emphasis and importance on life-long marital commitment and teaches God hates divorce (Matthew 19:3-8). God hates divorce so much that He only allows one exception that allows an individual to be remarried after being divorced — adultery. Jesus said, "Whosoever shall put away his wife, except be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery; and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery"  (Matthew 19:9). Sadly, Satan has been at work and unscriptural marriage has become something mankind longer blushes over. The example of Uzza is enough to remind us that God means what He says on the subject of marriage and divorce.

God means what He says about the Christian and worldliness, Paul writes, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2). So many Christians today honor God with their lips Sunday in and Sunday out, but their hearts are far from Him (Matthew 15:8). The example of Uzza should wake us up to the fact that God means what He says about being born again.

God means What He says about obeying the gospel.  Paul writes the church at Thessalonica telling them God will punish those who have afflicted them and those who have not obeyed the Gospel (II Thessalonians I: 6-9). Jesus said, "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned" (Mark 16:16).  With so many false doctrines that surround how an individual can be saved the Bible teaches mankind God's simple plan for salvation. The account of Uzza should solidify the fact that God means what He says about obeying the gospel.

When God speaks on any matter, not just the few mentioned above, we need to listen and heed His commands. It is my prayer that we Christians will learn to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength because God will be faithful to keep His word whether that results in reward or punishment.

Cary Oglesby

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