9/3/13: How To Get Blessed and Lose It All

 

In 2 Chronicles 26, King Uzziah gives us an excellent example of how to get blessed. He became king of Judah when he was only 16-years-old, reigned 52 years, and Scripture records that “he did what was right in the sight of the Lord” (vs. 4 NKJ). Uzziah’s life gives us a wonderful blueprint of how to live in God’s favor.

  • Determine in your heart to continually seek the Lord. (vss. 4-5)
  • Choose and listen to a mentor who has an understanding of God – Uzziah listened to Zechariah the prophet. (vs. 5)
  • Be bold in fighting the enemy – in Uzziah’s case it was the Philistines; in ours it’s the enemies of the Gospel. (vs. 6)
  • Receive tribute – Uzziah’s enemies brought him tribute; those against us won’t even know why they are blessing us. (vs. 8)
  • Make “water” available – Uzziah dug wells; we’ll make “living water” available by sharing the Word through our lives, testimonies, and ministries. (vs. 10)
  • Love the soil – Uzziah participated in what relaxed him; we will even take vacations, relax, and enjoy life. (vs. 10)
  • Maintain an army – Mighty men helped Uzziah; we may have our family, a prayer team, or staff. (vs. 11)
  • Prepare for your army – Uzziah cared for the army helping him; we will care for those who care for us perhaps through supplying for our families, maintaining a business or ministry that pays the staff, teaching those we care for, or simply remembering friend’s birthdays. (vs. 14)

You see, as we do what we do, God does what He does. The result of Uzziah’s work was, “So his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong” (vs. 15). That will be our testimony too because God brings attention to His glory.

Unfortunately, King Uzziah also leaves us an excellent example of how to lose the blessings God had allowed. Verse 16 says, “But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction…” He overstepped his bounds and tried to step into a role God had not ordained for him. The result was that he became an isolated leper, cut off from the house of God, and replaced by someone else (see verses 16-23).

The Bible warns us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Romans 12:3), and pride precedes destruction (Proverbs 16:18). God’s favor is so wonderful that it’s hard not to get giddy about it; however, here’s the balance: Do God’s work, enjoy God’s blessings, but stay humbly in your lane.

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~ by sanewriter on September 3, 2013.

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