“But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” 2 Chronicles 26:16.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Isaiah 6-7, 2 Chronicles 26-27, and Philemon.
The more I read the Old Testament, the more I realize that I have more in common with the “fallen” in the OT than the “successful.”
In today’s story, Uzziah is going good with God. God is protecting him and is clearly with him. But the more God does for Uzziah the less he needs God………or so he thinks.
I don’t think that Uzziah’s attitude was an overnight thing. It was a work in progress. The climax being Uzziah’s violation of temple procedure.
Uzziah ended up with leprosy because of his action and had it the rest of his life.
I wonder about this story when I try to relate it to my own life. I am presently on the road and struggling. I am away from a settled home space and into someone else’s territory. And it isn’t going well.
After reading today’s story, I can see what has happened. My close relationship to God is unfortunately directly connected to the setting I’m in. When I am home, I feel comfortable in my relation with God. When away, I get uncomfortable. What’s wrong with this picture? My relationship to God is mistakenly connected to my circumstances. What happened to “in all things?” Out the door, and down the street!
If my relationship to God is the way it should be, it will not change in any location. He is always the same and I need be as well. I have been doing the “changing” on the road……..and it’s wrong.
“Lord, I’ve messed things up. I have changed and like Uzziah it hasn’t been for the better. I want a close relationship with You that travels. That is good in every location. That is mindful of You in every space You place me. I love You, Father. Forgive me. I re-attach myself to You. Prick my conscience when I move away from You. I don’t want it to happen. You are my God. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Can we go on a vacation and still have God with us?