Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 26
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2 Chronicles 26 is the story of King Uzziah. His name means Yahweh – God is my strength. He was the tenth king of Judah – the son of Amaziah. His reign was approximately 783-742 BC. Uzziah was only 16 years old when he became king and He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight – learning from his father. (v.4)
Leading as a sixteen-year-old must have been challenging. It makes me think of what Paul writes to Timothy when he led at a similar age…
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12
Lead by your example – by how you live, how you love, your faith, and your purity. This was true of Uzziah. He lived during the days of Zechariah the prophet who discipled him – teaching him to fear God (v.5a). God blessed Uzziah with success because he sought the Lord. This is a good word for us to remember today! As we seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness – God will guide and bless us (Matthew 6:33).
King Uzziah reigned during the time of Hosea and Isaiah – prophets of the Lord.
The word of the Lord which came to Hosea the son of Beeri, during the days of Uzziah… Hosea 1:1
1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Isaiah 6:1
Uzziah is listed in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.
Uzziah went on to win wars (v.6), build new towns (v.6), and become a very famous and powerful king (v.6-15). All of this power went to his head and lead to his downfall (v.16a). Unchecked power is a very dangerous thing. All of us need accountability. Uzziah went into the Temple and burned the incense – a job God had reserved for the priests only (v.16b).
Because of this, God struck him with leprosy, a fatal skin disease that he had to bear until his death. The consequences of sin are great.
- What positions has God given you to use for His glory and honor?
- How are you doing fulfilling those God-given roles?
- How are you tempted to allow God’s blessings to cause you to act in pride?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
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