Where can pride take you?

“But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.”  2 Chronicles 26:16.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 6-7. 2 Chronicles 26-27, and Philemon.

King Uzziah took the fast track to disaster.

He did something he wasn’t supposed to (burn incense in the temple), was confronted, and then got angry.

The unfortunate result of all this for Uzziah was leprosy for the rest of his life.

We live in a culture that encourages pride.  But is that a good thing?

Every good thing I have is a gift from God.  I don’t create the circumstances for success, so why should I gather the credit?

Uzziah’s pride came from successes.  He got the notion that he (Uzziah) had brought them about.  In an earlier verse (seven) in the same chapter we learn otherwise: “God helped him against…..”   God did the “heavy lifting!”  Yet Uzziah forgets this and off to an unhappy life he plunges.

No Scripture is written about my life specifically.  However, I should easily and often apply the verse starting, “God helped him,” to my life.  But do I?  And if I do, is it often enough?

I can sit here in my office and take direct note of “God help’s” in here.  When I go outside, I am deluged by flowers and other pleasant sights.  Do I make the unfortunate mistake of crediting myself for any of it?  I shouldn’t.

“Lord, You have helped me to have every good thing in my midst.  Forgive me for ever thinking I have created any of it.  Prick my conscience when I am messing this up.  Uzziah should have known better and I should know better as well.  May I not miss Your greatness in my midst.  I love You, Father.”

Do you really believe that you have gotten all the good things you have in your own strength?  Seriously?

+9 discipline



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