During the last several months, 2 Chronicles 26 has become an oasis for my mind. I have read it on several occasions previously, but because of the circumstances I found myself in, this chapter hit me like a ton of bricks. I will give you a few snippets, but please go read it for yourself.
Uzziah's reign was miraculous in many ways. By God's power during Uzziah's reign, armies were defeated, cities were built and fortified, incredible inventions were created, and many more amazing things were accomplished. You could literally say that Uzziah was on top of the world, because he was. He was the most powerful man in the world. He was as powerful as anyone had ever been in the history of Judah.
It all went South, however, for Uzziah starting in verse 16:
"But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense."
Uzziah's meteoric ascent to the throne was only matched by his nose-dive plummet off of it. It all started because Uzziah thought he knew better than God. That is what is commonly referred to as PRIDE. Uzziah knew that God had commanded only the priest to burn incense on the altar in the temple, however, Uzziah, being engulfed with pride, thought he would blatantly disobey God and get by with it. As all of us know, you don't blatantly disobey God and get by with it. Uzziah is immediately confronted by the high priest and 80 other men who try desperately to stop him, but he refuses.
Uzziah, because of his disobedience, was stricken with leprosy at that very moment. From that moment on he was banished out of the temple, ousted as king, and moved to a separate house. In just one act of rebellious pride, Uzziah lost literally everything. He went from being the most powerful man in the world to being someone no one wanted to be around in a matter of minutes.
I have learned many invaluable lessons from this chapter. The one that hits home the most is that pride really does lead to a fall. I can look back at my failures and see the glaring signs of a man engulfed with pride. Pride is a sin that will wreck every facet of your life. There is absolutely nothing good that comes from a life that is gripped with pride.
Maybe, even now, the Holy Spirit is revealing ares of pride in your life. Please, take it from me, humble yourself before the Lord, so He doesn't have to humble you. It is much easier, and a whole lot less painful, if you will repent of your sins willingly. May God help you and I to always be humble and always realize we are what we are because of the grace of God.