Sometimes fear and anger keeps us from moving forward. We get stuck for a short time or a long time. Either way, we can miss out on a blessing because of our fear.
When they came to Nacon’s threshing floor, Uzzah reached out to the ark of God and took hold of it because the oxen had stumbled. Then the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and God struck him dead on the spot for his irreverence, and he died there next to the ark of God. David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, so he named that place an Outburst Against Uzzah, as it is today. David feared the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” So he was not willing to move the ark of the Lord to the city of David; instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in his house three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his whole family. (2 Samuel 6:6-11)
Living with fear and anger, the kind that separates us from God, robs us of a blessing. It robs our relationship with God, because instead of stepping closer to and relying on Him, we choice to stay put. When we refuse to move and grow, we cannot follow God well, wherever He might lead and however He might provide.