What were you doing when you were 16? My guess is you probably were not ruling a nation. Uzziah was. He was one of Judah’s kings before they were taken into captivity. Things started off well…
And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
2 Chronicles 26:4-5
Good job. Uzziah! Notice that last sentence: “as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.” The key to God consistently working through us is our consistent pursuit of Him. As long as we stay humble, teachable, and reliant on God, God will make us prosper, as He did for Uzziah. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there…
But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God…
2 Chronicles 26:16 ESV
One way God demonstrates His grace to us is by not giving us too much. Blessings are good, but as your mom always told you, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Uzziah did well until his own power became too powerful for him to handle properly. The thing he needed most from God became his downfall.
Pride can cause a God-given strength to turn into a weakness.
Humility is the key to God’s continued blessing and provision on your life. Paul said that when he was weak, then he was strong, because that’s when he was trusting in God the most. However, I’ve found the converse to be true as well: when I am strong (like Uzziah), then I am weak.
Make this your life goal: trust God and stay humble.
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