This Month's Promise

“I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”

- (Isaiah 44: 3)


Read: Deuteronomy 8 : 10-16


GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD!


“But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.” (II Chronicles 26:16)


Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became the King of Judah. He was a righteous king and he did many good things for his countrymen. The Lord gave him success in whatever he did. His fame spread far and wide. But, unfortunately, when he became popular, he allowed his accomplishments to swell his head. He became unfaithful to the Lord and daringly entered into His temple to burn incense on the altar of incense. He desired to serve as both king and priest. According to God’s Law, a priest could become a prophet, but a king or a prophet could never become a priest or do the duties allotted to the priest. Uzziah would have possibly known what happened to Korah, Dathan, and Abrian when they rebelled against Moses and Aaron and tried to burn incense to the Lord. He also would have known the ordinance put forward by Moses, “No one except the descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the Lord” (Numbers 16:40). But Uzziah was blinded by pride. And as he entered the temple, Azariah, the priest with eighty other priests of the Lord confronted him and asked him not to proceed further. It took a great deal of courage for them to oppose such a popular king, but their first allegiance was to the Lord and they wanted to obey God and glorify Him. The king became angry at the priests for their interference. Had the king immediately left the temple and sincerely repented of his sin, the Lord would have forgiven him. But Uzziah insisted on his way. It was then that the Lord intervened and afflicted him with leprosy which was seen on his forehead! On seeing that, the priests hurried him out of the holy sanctuary. He had leprosy till his death and lived in a separate house excluded from the people. And when he died, he was buried in the royal cemetery but not in the tombs of kings, as he had leprosy. (II Chronicles 26:23)


Dear friends, Uzziah had a good beginning but when he allowed pride to enter his heart, his life was ruined and he lost his testimony. Let us not provoke the anger of the Lord by standing against His Word. Let us humbly submit ourselves to His will and His way.




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when You bless the labor of my hands and make me prosper, let me not become proud, and attempt to do the things prohibited by You. Let me remember that You are the One who has given me the ability to become rich and popular. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.