Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jecoliah; she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success.
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
Uzziah was a good king who sought the Lord. God’s Presence and blessing on his life resulted in great success. Great success led to pride… which led to his downfall. He violated the temple and was plagued with leprosy. The mighty whimpered in the final years of his life! His son Jotham never entered the temple! He observed what happened to his father and had some holy fear!
Pride is insidious. It often has room in my life following the blessing and Presence of God that produces some measure of victory in my life. After the victory and success, pride wants to take root. Pride led to a good king’s downfall. It can do the same to me or any follower of Christ. This is where worship is important for me. Regularly attributing value and worth to God for all He has done keeps my head in check. When I praise Him for His blessing and Presence, it keeps me from thinking that I have accomplished something great. Compared to what Christ has done, my accomplishments are minuscule… and would not be possible without Jesus anyway. I love it when big league ballplayers give praise to Jesus.
Lord, You are King of heaven and King of my heart. You have done mighty things! Thank You for living victoriously through me this day. I deflect all glory to You.