I read a good many blogs and receive a good many emails that are Bible or theology related. Most of the time, I find opportunity during my day to look at them and spend a few minutes thinking about them. Here’s a portion of one landing in my inbox:Presumption Versus Faith TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman 07-29-2014
“The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah*, and He struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.” 1 Chronicles 13:10
A life of faith often requires us to leave God’s work alone. Responding to a need out of a desire to help move a vision along can be the greatest challenge for a Christian entrepreneur. There is a fine line between presumption and faith.
Uzzah learned that presumption could cost him his life. He was part of the crew that was to move the ark with the help of a team of oxen. When the way became rough, Uzzah responded in a natural way. He grabbed the ark to steady it. …Walking with God in the workplace requires sensitivity to balancing our God-given talents and operating in the power of the Holy Spirit in and through our work life. A mentor once told me, “You almost have to hold back your natural gifting to ensure that God is the one who is guiding you. If not, you will not know if it is through your skill versus His hand that you are accomplishing the work.” I find this the most challenging aspect of a walk with God in the workplace.
I found both the story of Uzzah and the way this writer applied the story to the workplace interesting. It’s probably not an accurate interpretation of what happened in the story, but it certainly is an insightful application of the story.
After reading the piece and the quote from his “mentor”, I began to think about how tenuous the dividing line is between exercising the gifts God has blessed us with and holding back those gifts, exercising faith, and letting God do the leading.
I suspect you, like me, have been in such situations. We run ahead of God in order to make sure we get “his work done.” Funny how we can rationalize, analyze, and even capitulate to surrounding circumstances or indicators. They might be telling us we’re moving in the wrong direction right now, yet we push ahead knowing full well it’s probably not wise to do so.
Most of the time (hopefully), God doesn’t strike us down, as he did Uzzah, when we get a bit zealous about helping him out. However, he does have a way of making sure we understand who is in charge. And he certainly doesn’t need us taking the reins.
Sometimes we don’t see it when it’s happening, but all too often we want to reflect the Adam and Eve syndrome and increase ourselves on the God-ward side: presuming we know what’s best and God is lagging too far behind. We can too often chose personal pride and recognition over patience and faithful obedience. A deadly choice indeed.
*Alternate spelling Uzza