Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
2 Chronicles 26:5 - And as long as the king sought guidance from the LORD, God gave him success
Read - 2 Kings 15:1-4, 2 Chronicles 26:1-15, 2 Kings 15:5, 2 Chronicles 26:16-21
Uzziah would be a good king in Judah. Not a perfect king - a good king. He was prayerful. He helped bring strength back to Judah. He reigned 52 years. That makes for a powerful king which can unfortunately lead to a prideful king. Pride leads him into the sanctuary of the temple to do something he had no business doing. For all the good he had done, he spends the rest of his years in isolation because of leprosy given to him by God for his pride. However, he is seen as a good king - just not a perfect king.
Lord, keep my humble!
Read Matthew 1:9 to see today’s two major characters are both in the family line of Jesus the Messiah!
Why would God give a good King leprosy? Uzziah had done some good things in his reign but the pride that caused him to enter the temple was going to take him and the nation in the wrong direction…and fast. Often times, God works to discipline us to protect us and others. He knows how to best direct our lives. When He brings good we can praise Him. When He brings discipline we can praise Him too! Knowing that God loves us either way is vital!