2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
Never get to the place where you believe that you are too big for the word of God. King Uzziah harbored that thought and it was his undoing. Prior to that he had many great accomplishments because he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord and God helped him. His many achievements include subduing the Philistines and Ammonites; he also built towers in the desert and dogged many wells to feed his large cattle. Most impressive of all was the engine that he made with the help of cunning men who were placed on the tower to shoot arrows and great stones at approaching armies. As a result of these things, the fame of King Uzziah was spread abroad and he ceased being humble. Hence the scripture said in 2 Chronicles 26:16, “but when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his own destruction”. With his heart being lifted up, he went into the temple of the Lord and started to burn incense upon the altar of incense, this was something that only the priests were mandated to do. He was confronted by the priests for his misdeed and rather than accept the correction, he got angry, possibly thinking that he was above correction and above the word of God. Consequently, the Lord struck him with leprosy and he remained a leper for the rest of his life, living in a separate house.
King Uzziah’s achievements were tainted by his act of indiscretion. It should serve as a reminder to never let pride get the better of you. There are two things that King Uzziah could have done differently to help him to remain humble. For starters, he should have kept reminding himself that he only achieved what he achieved because God helped him. When we recognize that our accomplishment is because God helped us, then it should become clear to us that we have nothing to boast about.
Second, King Uzziah should have learned from the life of great men like Joseph, Moses and David the secret behind their lasting success. If he had taken the time to do that he would have realized that they had lasting success because they stayed humble to the end.
Do not do all the hard work to get to where you want to go then throw it all away because of pride. Stay humble to the end.
Life Application: Condition your mind to stay humble to the end and follow through by submitting yourself to the word of God and be willing to take correction.
Prayer: Lord, May I never think of myself higher than I should. May I remain humble knowing that all I am and ever hope to be is because of you. In Jesus’ name, amen.