Today’s Tasting: 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26 NLT
These two passages of scriptures describe similar events but give different details. In 2 Kings we see that Judah goes through 6 different kings while Uzziah reigns over Israel for 52 years. All of Judah’s kings did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Uzziah was a good king but allowed pride to get the best of him. He burned incense in the temple, a task that was reserved only for the priests. They tried to stop him but he wouldn’t listen so the Lord struck him with leprosy. He lived in isolation the remainder of his reign and his son, Jotham, was put in charge of the royal palace and he governed the people of the land.
Today’s Nourishment: Isn’t it interesting how Judah went through six kings during Uzziah’s kingship in Israel? Uzziah was a good king until he got full of himself. We have to be careful not to allow our good deeds to turn into pride. The Bible tell us that pride comes before the fall of man. God doesn’t want our good deeds to come before obedience to Him. He wants us to seek Him first in all things. If we do find ourselves living in pride, we must be sure to repent and try our very best to not allow it to enter into our lives again. God loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to live that way.
Let us pray: Father, please help me to not live in pride or disobedience. I really want to live a life that is pleasing to You and not man. Holy Spirit, reveal any areas in my life where pride may exist and cleanse me from it. Help me to recognize it immediately when it tries to sneak up on me. Lord I love You and I thank You for Your word that constantly reminds me of how I should live. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Did you ever have a time where pride got in the way in your life? Did you recognize it by yourself or did someone else show you? Share your testimony with us.
Tomorrows Reading: Isaiah 1-4