Uzziah’s Pride

August 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Wisdom | 1 Comment

2 Chronicles 26:16  “When he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God.”

          King Uzziah started out right, and God made him successful and prosperous.  “Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem.  He did right in the sight of the LORD, and as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him.”  (26:1-5)  But he didn’t finish very well.  His successes went to his head and he became proud of them.  That was his downfall. 

          Knowing my own propensity to boast, I told God, many years ago, that I’d love to preach in a big and growing church, but I’d rather be in a tiny church, where I can be faithfully devoted to my wife and fully devoted to God, if the result of a bigger ministry would be my arrogance and loss of those two things.  God, help those of us in ministry to give you credit for the work you do in our lives and ministries, never becoming boastful as if we could accomplish those things ourselves, and help us to remain fully devoted to  you.


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  1. After writing this post, I was doing some illustration research and found a quote I’d marked a few years ago. In his great book, Its Not About Me, Max Lucado says “Success begats amnesia.” When we become successful, it is easy to forget what made us that way.

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