2 Chronicles 26:5: “[King Uzziah] sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.”

April 10th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Here’s a great truth from King Uzziah’s life, one that every believer on the planet should follow as a model for their life: “as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.” This is a promise of God that will be true for any person who applies it. In this chapter we find a list of what God did for King Uzziah, including giving him military victories, a growing national agricultural industry, and a strengthened national defense.

That God desires to abundantly bless our lives is scripturally true. But it is also true that God hates a prideful heart. He doesn’t ask us to think of ourselves as nothing, but to think of ourselves in proper relationship to Him. The principle says that as long as we seek God in our lives, our lives will prosper. They will be eternally significant, which is of course the definition of true significance. When our life is spiritually dependent on God, we get out of this old world everything we are supposed to. God did bless Uzziah greatly, but the sin of pride in Uzziah brought his life to a tragic end. It is a classic example of what happens to a man who gets too big in his own eyes. As long as Uzziah walked with God, God fought his battles; but when he saw himself as important enough to do whatever he wanted, that blessing was removed.

During the American Civil War’s Battle of the Wilderness, General John Sedgwick of the Union Army was inspecting his troops. He came to a parapet and gazed out in the direction of the enemy. His officers suggested that this was unwise and perhaps he ought to duck while passing the parapet. “Nonsense,” snapped the general. “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist—.” A moment later Sedgwick fell to the ground, fatally wounded.

“LORD, we remind ourselves of where You have brought us and where You want to take us. We recognize that we are nothing apart from You. Please keep us humble and seeking You this day.”