Uzziah’s Pride

August 2019
In 2nd Chronicles we can read about a king of Judah. Uzziah was sixteen years old when he took the throne. He did some great things for being so young and inexperienced. 2nd Chronicles 26:1, “And the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.” Amaziah had a real problem with idolatry. It cost him his kingship and he died in shame.
All was going well with King Uzziah. He defeated enemies left and right. He had towers built, he cut out many cisterns, had large herds, some enemies even paid tribute. What a guy! Or at least, so it seemed. 2nd Chronicles 26:15-16, “In Jerusalem he made engines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong. But when he was strong, he grew PROUD, TO HIS DESTRUCTION. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” Burning incense was only for the sons of Aaron, not for someone believing himself to be above the written law. Pride was his downfall. When he was talking with the priest regarding his stature as a great leader, he was stricken with leprosy and was led out of the temple and died a while later.
The point of the story is this; Pride will always destroy our lives. Pride shows itself in selfishness, arrogance, a lack of humility, an uncompromising approach to others, and is the kiss of death for meaningful relationships. Pride is totally selfish.
Jesus always led us away from pride and in the direction of humility. Matthew 23:12, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” What a shame Uzziah didn’t know that. It seems to me, that, it is better to approach life with a humble attitude towards God and others rather than be humbled. Amen
God bless you!