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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

From Strength to Weakness

Uzziah’s life is instructive.  We find him in 2 Chronicles 26.
From Strength to Weakness

Look at the contrast between 2 Chronicles 26:4 - 5 and 26:16 - 21.

Verses 4 – 5 describe Uzziah as:
  • Doing right in the sight of the Lord
  • Continuing to Seek God
  • Prospered by God
But verses 16 – 21 describe him as:
  • Strong
  • Proud
  • Corrupt
  • Unfaithful to the Lord
What happened?  How did Uzziah move from following hard after the Lord to proud, corrupt, and unfaithful?

He succeeded.  He did so well that he begin to take credit for what the Lord had done for him.

There is a harsh lesson there for us.

John 15:5 reminds us that we are not able to do anything apart from Christ.  We are completely dependent on His grace for all that we do.  So, say that our kids are turning out OK.  Say that our marriage is clicking on all cylinders.  Say that we are effective in leading people in our workplace to the Lord.  Say that we are helping others to grow in their relationship to the Lord.

Say we start to think that we are doing really well in this Christian life thing.

As Uzziah we begin to take credit.  When things are going well, it is easy to forget who is really behind those good times.

Uzziah may counsel that is not such a good idea.

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