He won many battles against the nations around "God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites. " Then it happened. "16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God,
- Our children are watching and learning from us:This boy Uzziah, did see his dad's work and it helped him to do right things too. He followed God and as long as he sought the Lord, he found success.
- Seeking God first, brings in all the blessings-As long as Uzziah kept seeking God, he remained successful in all things about his life. (a) He was powerful-"v7 God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites." (b) He became rich-"v8 The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful (c) He got engineering wisdom- "v15 In Jerusalem he made machines designed by skillful men for use on the towers and on the corner defenses to shoot arrows and hurl large stones. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful." This man had it all and then he made the mistake his father did. Pride.
- Don't forget God's calling and your place in it-When all the wealth and power and fame came about, Uzziah, forgot his place. He thought he now was at par with God, and that he had the approval of God to do anything. He went in to the temple to burn incense to the Lord, which was not his duty. God struck him with leprosy, with which he died. He forgot he was a king, he wasn't from Aaron's household and he raged at the priests of God.
Conclusion: When Uzziah remained in his place as a king and sought God for his works, he was blessed, physically (ability to fight wars), spiritually(sought God), socially(people around the kingdom even upto Egypt heard of his deeds), financially(he had huge livestock, farms that he had hired hands to help him).He was doing well in the place God had put him in. But when he moved out of it and went to do someone else's business, he became a failure. He lived the rest of his life as a leprous man, in seclusion from the temple of God until he died.
I learnt that we all in our own lives have a specific duty to perform, some to be kings, some to be preachers, but for all to shine out for our Heavenly Father that people may glorify His Name when they see our good works. Sometimes we forget what we ought to do, because we stop seeking God's desire for our lives and we end up doing someone else's work or not doing anything at all.
Jesus our Lord prayed for us saying "25"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them." God does not intend for us to walk blindly through this life, guessing our ways, but has a definite way of letting us know His plan and His will. He doesn hide His wonderful plan from us but His plan is seen only when we seek Him to fulfil His call for our lives.(John 15:14-16) Let's seek our Living God, fulfil the works God has ordained for us to do and live the Successful Life, a life that shines out for our God and Father in Heaven.