Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26: Battles Forge Humility

2 Chronicles 26:3-5
Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began his fifty-two-year reign in Jerusalem. His mother was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.

4 He did right in the Lord’s sight, to the extent of all that his father Amaziah had done.

5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the things of God; and as long as he sought (inquired of, yearned for) the Lord, God made him prosper.

Uzziah, a sixteen year old adolescent, was made king over the people of Israel.  The pressure and responsibility of being king, must have been overwhelming, but in that difficult place Uzziah sought the Lord.  The result...God made him prosper!

2 Chronicles 26, goes on to list the awesome accomplishments of King Uzziah.

  • He broke down his enemies walls and built cities within enemy territory.  (verse 6)

  • His fame spread to the border of Egypt because of his great strength. (verse 8)

  • He built strategic towers at key positions in Jerusalem and the wilderness.  (verse 9-10)

  • He hewed out cisterns for his livestock and had farmers and vinedressers. (verse 10)

  • His army was top notch, possessing defensive and offensive equipment.  (verse 11)

  • He even had a machine, which would shoot arrows and stones.  (verse 15)

  • He was marvelously helped by God!  (verse 15)

2 Chronicles 26:16
Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 But when [King Uzziah] was strong, he became proud to his destruction; and he trespassed against the Lord his God, for he went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.

King Uzziah had it all...strength, fame, power, position, wealth and most wonderful, the favor of God!  But often with great blessings comes the temptation to become proud, believing that somehow man made it happen.

King Uzziah became proud and that pride precipitated his destruction.  Hard words.  True words.

How can I apply this truth to my own life?

Although satan meant to destroy me through disease, emotional turmoil or disunity with others, God poured out His grace on me using those experiences to cause me to recognize my absolute and desperate need for Him!  

When we come to the conclusion that we cannot live this life apart from God, we find humility.

When battles come we can be thankful that God does bring good from them!  

Romans 8:28
Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Abba, I cannot live this life apart from You.  I am in constant desperate need of Your wonderful grace.  Even now, the battle continues.  I will cling to You in humility knowing that You have the best in mind for me and my family.  I will always love You, Lord!  AMEN!!!