A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
King Uzziah becomes king of Judah
, and does what was right in the eyes of the LORD.
He defeated the Philistines, trained a large standing army, and carried out various building projects and other improvements of his kingdom.
Yet after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.
He became unfaithful to God and was eventually confronted on this point by over 80 priest of the Temple. Unable to restrain his anger at the impertinence of these priests, Uzziah threw the censer in which he carried incense, and God struck him with leprosy. He had the condition until the day he died
Uzziah's son Jotham did right in the eyes of the LORD
, but the people were not reformed by him. Nevertheless, Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD.
Jotham was followed by his son Ahaz
, who did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD.
and in punishment, was defeated by the king of Aram who took many of his people as prisoners to Damascus. Rather than turning to God, Ahaz sought an alliance with the king of Assyria, who instead of supporting him, required him to pay enormous tribute.
Even a casual reader
must come away from all these narratives regarding the kings of Judah feeling that they were asking for trouble by their continuous disregard for God and His will. It had been prophesied by Samuel that the kings would become caught up in their own importance and the people would be a terrible price; now it was coming true.
How do you measure success?
The writers of Kings and Chronicles measure it in terms of whether or not we do right in the eyes of the LORD.
Is He the final word in your most important decisions? Do you seek His will every day?
Today, begin with prayer
asking God to show you His will, and then spend the day carrying it out. It would be a good idea to get into a habit of praying periodically throughout the day (on the hour, for example). This ensures that God's place at the center of things remains clear, and His wisdom has the maximum chance to control your decisions.
It's not such a hard thing to communicate with God
. We just have to remember to do it!
8 A. Eugene Pearson 2011