The true condition of an individual’s life is revealed by his or her response to God. Those who are upright in their ways respond to Him with reverential fear, but the perverse despise Him.
He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.
Our God was a consuming fire then and is still One today. Therefore, we must exercise great care in our relationship with Him and in our work for Him.
Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.
—2 Samuel 6:1-7 NKJV
So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.
—1 Corinthians 11:27-31 NKJV
The world is a minefield of human problems that can only be overcome through steadfast adherence to God’s wisdom and counsels.
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.”
—Proverbs 14:27 NKJV