“When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark” (1 Chronicles 13:9,10).
There are good things we can do, but we are only to be about God-things. Those activities not born out of the Spirit will result in wood, hay, and stubble. What seems good in our eyes may be an abomination in the eyes of God. For instance, if you decide to build an orphanage and God has never directed you to do so, then that work will not be seen by God. It was born out of your own strength. Even though it was a “good work.”
The most difficult challenge a Christian businessperson will ever have is to know in what things to be involved in and what things not to be involved in. Many business people have a great ability to see opportunity. What appears to be a “slam dunk” may come back to haunt us if God never ordained us to enter that arena.
There are many good things we can be involved with. However, there are God things we are supposed to be involved with. Uzzah was a good man in the sight of David. It was a time of celebration, and David and the people were transporting the ark of God. However, the ark hit a bump and Uzzah reached for the ark to hold it steady. He touched the ark. He immediately died. David became very upset with God over this situation. He questioned whether he could serve God.
God’s ways are not our ways. The most important quality God desires to develop in us is our dependence on Him and Him alone. When we begin to make decisions based on reason and analysis instead of the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, we get into trouble with God. David later learned the importance of this principle in his own life. This encounter was one of the stepping-stones in his pilgrimage. David was an extraordinary entrepreneur. He ran the nation very successfully, but he, like each of us, had to learn the difference between “good things” and “God things.”
Are you involved in anything in which God has not directed you to be involved in? Do you seek God about every decision, every action before you take it? This is where God wants you and me to be. Ask him to show you how to walk with Him in this way.