We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


A Perez Day

Have you ever had a Perez day?

In I Chronicles 13 David is having a Perez day. It’s the kind of day that you wished you never had gotten out of bed. Here’s the background. It’s one of the most exciting days in David’s life. He’s just been crowned king and now it’s time to bring the presence of God via the Ark of God back to home base.

There are singers singing, dancers dancing, and David himself is enjoying the abundant festivities. But suddenly there is an unexpected twist. David’s friend Uzzah sees the ark about to tip over and tries to prevent its destruction. No sooner than his hand touches the ark, he’s struck dead on the spot–by God.

David’s response is one of extreme anger and he names the event Perez-Uzzah. The word Perez in Hebrew means to break forth. I find it interesting that when bad things come our way, some of us have a tendency to get angry. Some curse God, some curse others or things. David was angry at God but should have been angry at himself. He should have known better. It was written right there in the rule book–you touch, you die! Uzzah’s death was David’s fault, but, being blind to his own sin, he projected his anger–which later turned into fear–against God.

It’s interesting to note that anger and fear are close cousins. They often go hand in hand and are a direct result of misjudging God’s intentions during times of intense hurt.

In I Corinthians 11, Paul teaches us that when we judge ourselves, we bypass the judgment of God. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined, so that we are not condemned with the world. Experiencing extreme hurt? It’s time to stop blaming others and start reading the manual to see how our actions or lack of them contributed to the hurt in the first place.

God has our best interests in mind. Knowing the rules will enable us to have the best interests of others in mind.