2 Chronicles 26

2 Chronicles 26 has yet another story of a king that started out on the right foot but failed to finish strong.  Uzziah took over the throne from his father Amaziah at age 16 and reigned for 52 years.  That’s a pretty long rule.  Scripture tells us “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done”.  Unfortunately that sends up a red flag as his father had certainly fallen short in his walk with God.  He started strong but failed in the end with idolatry.  So Uzziah has that bad example in his history.

But Uzziah began on the right foot.  “He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper”.  See the connection here – as long as he sought the Lord – he prospered.  When that ended so did his prosperity as we’ll see later in the chapter.  Uzziah was a king that amassed a lot of things – money and people and stuff.  And it specifically tells us that “he loved the soil” so helped build up the farmers in the area.

We also learned that Uzziah prepared – he got his army ready for battle and did the same in other areas of his kingdom.  He thought ahead and was continually doing things to be sure he was prepared.  Then it happened.  “His fame spread far….when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction….he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense”.  Pride brings Uzziah down.  It is a very destructive thing and has to be dealt with in each of our lives before it sabotages us too.

The priests confront Uzziah while in the temple and call him out.  He reacts negatively and is angry with them, and immediately “leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord”.  God wasn’t interested in what Uzziah thought.  God was going to enforce the law as He gave it and Uzziah violated it.  So “King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death”.  The pride that welled up in him caused him to think he was above God’s laws and ultimately it cost him the kingdom.  He was forced to live apart from the rest of the people because of his disease.  All because he grew proud.

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