Punishments and blessings

1 Chronicles 13: 9-14

As they approached Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen had stumbled.  Just then, the anger of the LORD blazed against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark, and he died right there in the presence of God.  David flew into a rage because the LORD had killed Uzzah. As a result, that place was called Perez-uzzah to this day.  But David feared God that day, and asked “How am I to bring the Ark of God to me?” As a result, David would not take the ark into the City of David for it to be in his care. Instead, he took it to the home of Obed-edom the Gittite.  So the Ark of God remained in the care of Obed-edom’s household for three months, and God blessed Obed-edom’s household, along with everyone associated with it.

Uzzah died instantly for touching the Ark, but God blessed Obededom’s home where the Arc was stored.  This shows the two sides to our God.  Our God is both perfectly loving and perfectly just for those who sin.  God blesses those who obey His commandments and punishes those who sin.  Many Christians today focus on the blessing God bestows upon us and only see our God as perfectly loving.  Our God is also perfectly just.  When we sin against God and one another, God will punish us.  It may be over time, or swiftly like the case of Uzzah.  When we sin it is not if we will be punished but when.

On the other hand we cannot just focus on the punishing hand of God.  If we do, we fail to see all the blessing in our lives that He provides. With God’s blessing comes with the responsibility of living up to His expectations of us.  So we should live our lives with the mindset of always glorifying our Heavenly Father.

Hebrews 10:31

“It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!”

That being said, please remember both sides of our God.  Let everything you do glorify His name.  If you feel like you are about to sin, stop and think about it.  Remember, it is not if you will be punished, but when.  Try to live in a manner that reflects Jesus Christ and the rest will fall into place.  Have a blessed day y’all !

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