Jehovah requires all his children to live uprightly before him.
A good child of God would not seek for an excuse to hate others, or entertain pride.
Christians should learn from King Uzziah in the bible who practiced both sides of the coin and reaped the consequences.
Uzziah lived in humility at the beginning of his tenure, but switched to entertain pride at the end.
Explore the Life of King Uzziah from 2 Chronicles 26
King Uzziah succeeded many wayward kings in the land of Judah. His predecessors disobeyed God but he chose to act differently. He satisfied God.
Against the common practices of his time, Uzziah prioritize serving God and ruled his land with Godly fear.
God compensated the King for his faithful by helping him to become prosperous.
Uzziah was more famous than other kings that reigned during his time.
The Coin Flip of King Uzziah – Pride replaced Humility
It is unfortunate that King Uzziah who started well with God did not finish well.
He allowed fame and success to blindfold him.
Uzziah he let down his guards and stumbled into sin. The king allowed pride to set in, and was derailed.
The end game of Uzziah’s exploit was horrific!
The scripture reported,
“When he (Uzziah) was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense” (2 Chronicles 26:16).
Despite all warnings that Uzziah received to repent from his sins, he persistent to pursue the tasks that God forbad.
King Uzziah usurped the priest’s position, and his action upset God. The bible reported,
“Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place.
Indeed he also hurried to get out, because the Lord had struck him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.
He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.
Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land” (2 Chronicles 26:19-21).
Important Lesson on Love and Humility
Children of God must operate in love
Christians are required to love God, serve God, and fear God.
Most importantly, children of God must operate in humility.
Children of God must have servant-hearts
Christians must remember that we were once sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ to befit God’s benefits. We must not abuse our grace opportunity.
Christians are saved by grace as the bible stated,
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
It is important to emphasize that God will bless people that are consistently loyal to him.
In contrast, he will not withhold his correcting rod but punish anyone who refuses to repent from his or her sins.
Prayer to Walk with God in Humility
Dear God please give me grace to serve you in humility at all times. Help me to operate in fear and respect.
Please let your Holy Spirit guide me to make decisions that satisfies you.
Also, help me to love other people dearly as Christ demonstrated his love for the world.
Please ever keep me fit for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
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