3 Minute Read + Scripture readings
TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
2 Chronicles 26:16 (CSB) “But when he became strong, he grew arrogant, and it led to his own destruction…”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
One of my very favorite passages in the Bible is Isaiah 6:1-8. Those verses allow us to peer into Heaven. We see the Heavenly Temple and God’s glory filling it. We hear the angels crying out, back and forth, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of Armies; His glory fills the whole earth.”
But, this captivating passage begins with these words:
“In the year that King Uzziah died…” (Isaiah 6:1)
You see, Isaiah 6:1-8 was God’s way of encouraging the prophet Isaiah. A very good king died and the future was now uncertain. So God reminded Isaiah through a vision that He, the Lord of Armies, was still sitting on the Throne of Heaven ruling over every detail of planet earth.
However, when we read the story, we realize that Uzziah’s death came as a judgment from Almighty God. I suspect that Isaiah was also mourning the fact that a very good king, who started wonderfully well, ended horribly. Uzziah was such a godly man and he led the people to follow the Lord. Yet, he made a huge mistake and sinned against the Lord. His life ended in bitter health and his reign ended with him as an object of people’s pity.
So, what happened? What caused Uzziah to turn from being a very good king to a man who was judged by God?
2 Chronicles 26:16 (CSB): “But when he became strong, he grew arrogant, and it led to his own destruction…”
- Because he had previously followed the Lord so passionately, God blessed him.
- As God blessed him, he became powerful.
- As he became powerful, it went to his head and he became proud.
- As he became proud, he failed to submit to the Lord’s authority over his life and he fell into sin.
- As he fell into sin, it led to his demise.
God delights to bless those who are obedient and submitted to Him.
But, do you see how we must be so very careful when the Lord blesses us? We must receive those blessings humbly and continue to acknowledge God’s authority over us and our inability to do anything of consequence without Him.
Otherwise, what begins as God’s blessings will end with God’s discipline and judgment.
So, whatever your plot in life and however God chooses to bless you, stay humble, my friend. Stay humble.