May 16, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 26

Thank you for being a faithful Jumpstart reader!  Reading God’s Word every day is an essential discipline in the lives of believers.  Consistency in this will produce great fruit in your life.  Take a minute and encourage a family member or friend to join you in reading Jumpstart today.  

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

God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.


Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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