Today’s Passage – 2 Chronicles 25 – 28
Scripture Memory for May – Psalm 51
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 121
Read “Plenty More Where That Came From” from 2 Chronicles 25
“And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.” – (2 Chronicles 26:5)
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” – (Psalm 1:2-3)
There is not much that I can add to what was written in 2 Chronicles 26:5 – “as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper”. Inside that statement lies the only key to real success in life – seeking God. As long as you and I are truly seeking God and His will for our lives, God will also make our lives to prosper.
In this chapter we see this principle in action in the life of King Uzziah. He was a great king that was mightily used of the Lord as long as he was seeking God. He experienced many military victories, and also caused Judah to prosper economically and scientifically. As long as Uzziah was in submission to the will of God, he and the kingdom prospered greatly. Unfortunately, he got himself into trouble:
“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.” – (2 Chronicles 26:16)
Uzziah overstepped his bounds when he went into the temple to offer incense. He felt like he could do whatever he wanted, but God wasn’t pleased. The Lord gave King Uzziah leprosy, and he lived the rest of his life separated from the people in a “several (separated) house”.
So the bottom line is that when we are in submission to the Lord, He will bless what we do; but when we get to the place where we no longer need the Lord, God’s hand of prosperity will cease.
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