Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27 (additional reading: Psalm 23:1-6 and Proverbs 20:11)
What do you think is the most important part of being a Christian? Going to church? Reading the Bible? Giving to the needy? These are all important, but part of something bigger. Hebrews 11:6 says “…anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” God has given us a promise, that if we seek Him earnestly, we shall be rewarded.
This truth was proven in Uzziah’s life in our reading today. Uzziah became one of the most successful and powerful kings in Judah’s history. He reigned for 52 long years, the longest of the eight good kings in the Southern Kingdom. He was only 16 years old when he was made the king.
Uzziah took the initiative to seek God. The word ‘sought’ appears twice in verse 5. He was conscious of his weakness and his inability to rule Judah rightly in his own strength. This humble recognition of need was the key to his success. He knew he needed God’s help. And the Lord kept His part of the promise; He will reward those who seek Him.
Uzziah had unparalleled success –
• He was able to overcome his enemies – the Philistines, the Arabs, and the Meunites.
• Even the powerful Ammonites came to pay tribute.
• His fame spreads as far as Egypt.
• He was the first biblical king to be credited as “very powerful”
• He had exceptional wisdom – [read 2 Chron 26:9-15].
• He built towers at strategic locations to keep watch against attacks, and fortified the walls.
• He dug cisterns to provide water for the livestock, and cultivated the fertile lands.
• He trained his army and organized them into divisions (battalions).
• In Israel’s history, only he was ever described as so powerful.
Do you remember what Jesus said? ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and then all these other things shall be added to you’. What was the key to Uzziah’s successful life? He starts by seeking God.
- Do you take the initiative to seek God before anything else?
- How does an awareness of your own weakness cause you to trust God?
Father, Thank You that when we are not able, You remain more than able. Help us to see You in the first place. Help us to get our priorities right. In Jesus’ name, Amen