Ron's Insights 2013

Slay Familiarity Now
7/31/2013 5:30:33 AM by: Ron Susek

Slay Familiarity Now

by Ron Susek

©Golden Quill Publications


      We have all heard the adage: Familiarity breeds contempt. The word contempt means to treat something (or someone) beneath its worth, to disrespect and dishonor and to devalue. This profoundly destructive force has ended many friendships, even marriages. It has crumbled many ministries. 

      Familiarity may have led to Uzzah's poor judgment when King David was moving the Ark of the Covenant. He reached up to steady the Ark when one of the oxen stumbled, causing it to totter. He was instantly struck dead. (See 1 Chronicles 13).

      David was stunned since both he and the people were properly motivated. David said, "Then let us bring again the Ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul. All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people" (vs. 3-4). Praise filled hearts as the oxen inched the Ark closer to its destination.

      Why, then, was Uzzah struck dead? David later explained: "Because you [Levites] did not carry it the first time, The Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule" (15:13). Only the Levites were to touch the Ark.

      The real question, then, is this: Why did Uzzah, a non Levite, touch the Ark? Perhaps he became too familiar with this holy item as it sat in his home for many years (13:7). Surely he must have thought that he was doing the right thing by steadying the Ark, but his judgment was probably impaired by familiarity.

      Familiarity somehow blurs the awe of splendid things causing us to reduce their value. We are no longer touched by the spectacular of the holy or the wonder of the sacred. This easily leads to misjudgment, which leads to misconduct, which leads to misfortune.

      Somehow, King David never lost his sensitivity toward the grandeur of God. He saw divine majesty in all of life. He never tired of sacrificing unto God: praise, poetry, songs, offerings, places, people, money, events, ad infinitum. Liberated from familiarity, he was ever consumed with wonder toward God, so much so that he was named a man after God's own heart.

      Apparently, he never allowed familiarity to dull his awareness of reality: who he was in the grand scheme of God. And for David this was an ever humbling experience.

      It's time to slay this deceiving friend called familiarity if it breeds contempt and replace it with a healthy fear of the Almighty. Indeed, we are privileged to be in a Father/child relationship with God whereby we call Him Abba. That familiarity is eternally wonderful so long as we do not allow it to degenerate into disrespect. Slaying, then, the dangers of familiarity and protecting our sense of privileged familiarity enables us to experience an ever higher reach toward the heavenlies in all that we do.


Immanuel: God is with you.
Your friend,

Previous Posts

Creation and Christmas
12/30/2013 9:45:40 AM  by: Ron Susek

Silent Night, Holy War
12/23/2013 9:29:09 AM  by: Ron Susek

The Seasons are Changing
12/17/2013 6:57:57 AM  by: Ron Susek

Big Rocks First
12/10/2013 7:05:27 AM  by: Ron Susek

Thanksgiving: A Key to Fulfillment
12/2/2013 9:36:00 AM  by: Ron Susek

Who Said Faith is Easy?
11/26/2013 9:14:58 AM  by: Ron Susek

Guard Your Heart (Part #5)
11/18/2013 10:56:45 AM  by: Ron Susek

Guard Your Heart (part #4)
11/12/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: R

Guard Your Heart Part #3
11/5/2013 6:27:03 AM  by: Ron Susek

Guard Your Heart (Part #2 A Pick and a Path
10/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Ron Susek

Guard your Heart (part1)
10/22/2013 8:27:36 AM  by: Ron Susek

The Trampler
10/15/2013 8:10:16 AM  by: Ron Susek

The Secret to Great Achievement by Ron Susek Gold
10/7/2013 4:13:50 PM  by: Ron Susek

FaithWalk: Responding to God
9/30/2013 5:40:26 PM  by: Ron Susek

Faithwalk: Knowing God
9/23/2013 9:16:06 AM  by: Ron Susek

FaithWalk: Learning About God
9/17/2013 6:15:55 PM  by: Ron Susek

Why Satan Wants You Back
9/10/2013 6:11:05 AM  by: Ron Susek

Simple Faith
9/3/2013 4:42:21 AM  by: Ron Susek

God's Footprints
8/26/2013 6:20:37 AM  by: Ron Susek

Don't Blame Jesus for War
8/19/2013 10:51:30 AM  by: Ron Susek

Questions of a Fool
8/13/2013 9:23:24 AM  by: Ron Susek

Right Place, Riht Time
8/6/2013 9:55:04 AM  by: Ron Susek

Slay Familiarity Now
7/31/2013 5:30:33 AM  by: Ron Susek

The Wise Use of Freedom
7/24/2013 5:37:11 AM  by: Ron Susek

The Peril of Impatience
7/15/2013 1:28:56 PM  by: Ron Susek

America's Flag: Flying Belos Half Staff
7/9/2013 7:08:08 AM  by: Ron Susek

Defeating this Snarly World
7/2/2013 8:33:39 AM  by: Ron Susek

Jesus Confronts Dale Carnegie
6/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Ron Susek

The Measure of Commitment
6/18/2013 2:35:54 PM  by: Ron Susek

The One Who Binds the Storm
6/10/2013 11:17:33 AM  by: Ron Susek

Praying with an Angry Heart
5/28/2013 6:28:52 AM  by: Ron Susek

I'm Here, I'm Free Now!
5/21/2013 6:06:02 AM  by: Ron Susek

God's Answer to Worry
5/6/2013 10:35:21 AM  by: Ron Susek

Crucified with Christ Part #3: Judas
4/23/2013 6:28:31 AM  by: Ron Susek

Crucified with Christ part #2: Peter
4/23/2013 6:25:36 AM  by: Ron Susek

Crucified with Christ Part #1: The Pharisees
4/23/2013 6:17:28 AM  by: Ron Susek