by: Timothy Vazquez
2 Chronicles 26:16 (NLT) But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the sanctuary of the Lord’s Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar.
King Uzziah was another one of the small group of Judah's good kings. He was only sixteen years old when he began his reign and he reigned in Judah for fifty-two years. Because he feared the Lord and because he did what was pleasing in the Lord's sight, he had great success as the leader of the people of Judah. But as these things go many times, success went to his head. He became proud because of the power that he had as king, even though that power was due to the fact that God gave it to him. As a result, it led to a great fall for him. He thought that he was so important that he could ignore the laws that God had put in place as to who can enter the Temple to offer incense and sacrifices before the Lord. The priests, who knew better, tried to stop him but there was no stopping this proud king from doing what he felt he was qualified to do. Of course, his qualification was in his own mind because God had not qualified him for what he tried to do.
When pride overtakes us, we literally lose our good sense and any sense of the fear of the Lord. We start to think irrationally and begin to head into trouble. One of the things that has always kept me in line with any success that I may experience with God is the fact that I know myself. I know what I am without Christ and I know what God has done in my life. I know that as soon as I turn from God (and you can bet that pride is the quickest way to turn from God), I am done for and it wouldn't be long before my downfall. That is why God must always get the glory for anything that He accomplishes through our lives. We must know that it is His power at work in us, filling up our empty vessels so that He can use us for good in this world. We are just containers that contain His glory and power and we are able to be even that because of what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary. Don't ever get confused by any good coming from your life. If it's good, then it is coming from God because the Word of God tells us that no good dwells in us, that is, in our sinful nature (Romans 7:18).
Keep fearing the Lord, keep serving Him and keep being used by Him for His glory. The more He uses you, the lower you should go and the more praise you should lift up to the Name of Jesus. In that way, you will not have a downfall but will experience a windfall of success and of God's blessings.
Pastor Joey Vazquez