Sometimes when I read my Bible I get a bit scared and wonder at how amazing and incomprehensible our God is. When I read about how God smote Uzza who tried to support the ark of the Lord when it stumbled, the sudden death of Ananias and Sapphira because of a single lie they told, Gehazi becoming a leper because of greed, a king (Nebuchadnezzer) becoming an animal for seven years, and so many amazing other things, I can’t help but marvel. We all say He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever, which implies that the God who caused all these to happen is still the same God we’re serving now.
But then these days we only select the part of the Bible that favors us or looks delightful to read and claim all the blessings attached to it, and forgetting about the warnings and instances where he punished people for doing something we might see as ordinary, in the same Bible. Yeah, He’s the same God who caused a king to have insomnia until he blessed Mordecai, but we shouldn’t forget He’s the same God who allowed snakes to torment the children of Israel in the wilderness. He’s the same God who used a small boy (David) to kill a giant (Goliath), and also the same God who caused a nation (Israel) to be defeated in a battle because of the disobedience of one man (Achan).
Not trying to scare anyone, just saying no one should take God’s mercies and grace for granted, and just because we get away with certain things doesn’t mean we should continue in sin….