“The year King Uzziah died I saw the Lord! He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the Temple was filled with his glory.” (Isaiah 6:! LB)
King Uzziah was 16 years old when he ascended the throne, and he reigned 52 years. What kind of king was he?
“He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done.” (2 Chronicles 26:4 NLT)
So we have a good king who’s great friends with the prophet Isaiah. That’s not all. Check this out:
“Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, whotaught him to fear God. And as long as the king soughtguidance from the Lord, God gave him success.” (2 Chronicles 26:5 NLT)
He had a godly instructor—his own personal pastor—and he wisely followed the advice of Zechariah. Uzziah consistently sought God’s guidance and prayed for his nation. But that’s not all. Check this out:
“But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God. . .” (2 Chronicles 26:16 NLT)
When his godly influence passed away, you’d think Uzziah would’ve had such a strong relationship with God, he would have simply continued in godly leadership. But instead of seeking after God on his own, he simply gave up and followed the influence of the culture in which he lived.
What a tragic mistake. He became prideful and assumed he could run his life and the country on his own. The result? His life fell apart.
We all have godly influencers in our lives (hopefully). But no matter how solid your pastor, spouse, evangelist, missionary or friend is in Christ, we still need to solidify our own relationship with Christ.
Whose responsibility is it to ensure you actually grow in Christ and develop strong spiritual roots?
The apostle Paul gives us the answer:
“See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.” (Colossians 2:7 LB)
King Uzziah failed to accept the responsibility to continue his spiritual growth after his personal pastor died.
May we never make this mistake. Let’s take our spiritual responsibility seriously. Keep growing!
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I just returned from speaking in WV and will be home 10 days before leaving to speak at the VA District camp meeting. I’d sure appreciate your prayers for God-blessed services and responsive hearts for all in attendance.