But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall.
He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the sanctuary of the Lord’s Temple
and personally burning incense on the incense altar.
2 Chronicles 26:16
New Year – Same God
What a sad verse to land on, but unfortunately it’s true. We talked yesterday about halfheartedness and what happens when half your heart worships the Lord and the other half doesn’t. Today’s verse is about Uzziah who did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just like his father Amaziah did. Uzziah started out doing right, but when he fixed his eyes on himself and what he wanted, trouble was already in his heart. Look at the verse before this:“…His fame spread far and wide, for the Lord gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful.” 2 Chronicles 26:15 NLT We’ll focus on these words “for the Lord gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful.” So the Lord is the one who gave him marvelous help..no one else. Then we look at today’s verse, “But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall…” It goes on to tell us how he sinned against the Lord. I see our verse today showing us, once again, how only Jesus had all authority on heaven and earth and walked in humility – to the point of washing his disciples’ feet when they were arguing about which one of them was greater. Our one, true King had all the power and never once used it for Himself or His glory. Today’s a great day to do a self-check and make sure we’re not thinking anything we have or done is because of us. Say this out loud with me from King David, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” It’s a new year, but He’s our same God.