Gems 2015 —

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 28 Scripture Selection: I Chronicles 13-15

Food for Thought: I Chron. 13:5-14; 15:11-15

What happened to Uzza seems quite harsh, doesn’t it? But God couldn’t let that oversight, error, or disobedience pass. They hadn’t followed the specific instructions on how to carry or handle the ark of the covenant, and they had to learn that they needed to do things God’s ways and not their own. (In the times when Israel’s enemies stole the ark, yes, there were severe consequences, but they were still able to handle it and take it to their own temples. Striking Uzza dead was particularly because God had specified to His people how to handle it, and He needed them to pay close attention to His instructions because He had plans for them.)

People today are still trying to make up their own rules for gaining and maintaining their salvation. They want the presence of God and all the perks that come with it, but they want Him on their own terms. There is only one way to salvation and to having God’s blessing active in your life: you must be born again by receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (John 3:1-21). He is the only way.

There are people who want the benefits of the presence of God, but refuse to exchange their old life for the new one in Christ. Others believe they have to “earn” their salvation by their own righteous acts. They take great pride in their self-righteousness. However, Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” Our own righteousness can never stand in the place of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. Still others try to combine religions with Christianity, thinking more is better and trying to appease the forces of false religions (Acts 4:12). There is only one way prescribed by the Lord by which we can be saved, and this is it (John 16:6).

The instructions cannot be amended in any way. Nothing must be added or taken away. He that tries to gain salvation through any other means will have the same result as Uzza: death, which is far from what the Lord desires for each one of us. John 3:15 spells out how to avoid perishing: “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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