2 Chronicles 26:3–5
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
5 He 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.
While travelling these past two weeks, I have been reading from Kings and Chronicles about the rise and fall of kings in Judah and in Israel. There is a recurring theme throughout these historical records, which is clearly stated in this passage.
Uzziah was indeed a great king. But his greatness was not from his own power or ability but from God. As long as Uzziah sought the Lord and fully depended upon Him, God made Uzziah great. Uzziah is mentioned in Isaiah 6. The king had to die for Isaiah to see the greatness of the Lord above the greatness of the king.
However, in the latter days of Uzziah he began to take credit for his greatness, took his eyes off of the Lord of heaven and did foolish and sinful things. Pride is a great enemy and Uzziah was taken by it.
I will be spending time this Sunday and this summer focusing on our need to live dependently upon God. We long for independence not realizing that full independence takes us away from faith in God. We may have measures of greatness in us, but if we do they came from God. As long as we seek the Lord in full dependence upon Him, He will make us to prosper. There is no prosperity of life, true prosperity that is, apart from gaining the riches of God from God.
Thank you for your prayers for us in our travels. Our family has traversed the nation, coast-to-coast this week. Justin left Denver and went to the west coast while Caleb and Lindsey, along with my dad and I, left Denver and went to the east coast. Whew, that is a lot of driving!
Caleb and Lindsey have a nice apartment in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she starts a new job on Monday. Caleb has already begun his new job as an ESL teacher. Pray with them as they transition this chapter of their lives.
Ben and Anna’s wedding is now available online at www.graceforlifebc.com under the heading for “sermons.” It was a beautiful wedding that exalted the Savior and brought the two of them beautifully together. They get back tomorrow night.
Pray for RU tonight that God will bring those in who need to come to Him in full dependence upon Him. Pray for the workers to come ready to minister the grace of the gospel to those who come.
Sunday we begin a new Sunday school lesson series from the book, Transforming Prayer, by Daniel Henderson. This is truly a life-changing series that I hope many will commit to. Our church does not need better programs, it needs more of the presence and power of God Who alone can prosper what we do.
Tomorrow is a church work day. Come for as long as you can. There is much to do.
If you are interested in passing out flyers for VBS, some of us will be doing that around 10:00- 1:00.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday,