Pride Is Uzziah’s Undoing
16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord his God, for he entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the Lord, valiant men. 18 They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the Lord God.” 19 But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the altar of incense. 20 Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead; and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the Lord had smitten him. 21 King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s house judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first to last, the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, has written. 23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the grave which belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son became king in his place.
I cannot tell you how much my heart grieves when I read about Godly people who started out well, but stumbled badly. I consider myself blessed that I did not stumble badly or fall fiercely, when I was sorely tempted. I shudder to think of losing my faith when it was being tested so severely, not so very long ago. I cringe when I read about Uzziah’s pride, because I too, had become proud and did foolish things. I count my blessings in the Cross of Christ, in the covering of His cloak of Grace and kindness toward me. I tremble with awe and reverence before this Precious and Holy God we serve. He loved me too much to let me continue in my foolishness, and He corrected me, and turned my heart back toward His love and kindness.
Dearest God, how can I ever thank You enough for saving me from myself. There is nothing so dangerous and so destructive as a human being who is full of himself/herself instead of being filled with You. Forgive us, Dear God, when we run ahead of You, or lag behind you in our callings. Forgive us, Lord, when we step into the anointing of another and try to tell them how to do what You have called them to do. Forgive us when we try to do things that are not for us in Your Kingdom. Guide us dearest Holy God to know our place in Your Body and to serve you faithfully there. Thank you for loving each of us so completely, that you never allow us to succeed when we are wrong. We love You, Precious and Holy God and are forever Grateful for Your corrections in our lives. Amen