We’ve all heard stories of people headed for greatness but ended badly – presidents, CEOs, movie stars, sports personalities, pastors – did something foolish and caused their career of greatness to plummet to the ground / why would they risk it all / did they not count the cost? What can I learn so i do not fall into the same error in my season? Many here are in positions of leadership, some are destined for greatness, many are young and your day is yet to come.
Read 2 Chapter 26
King Uzziah. Good Godly king who led his nation to wealth and became exceedingly powerful. His star rose high. But this power led to his downfall. See 2 Chronicles 26:1-23. He was a great king who rose, tenth king after Solomon, in terms of fame and personal wealth, only Solomon was greater than him. He restored a city called Elath, a strategic naval base, base for copper smelting – instrumental to bringing Judah to its economic future, a great feather in his cap. Zachariah the priest was a personal friend and adviser who instructed him in the fear of the Lord. He defeated major enemy cities and rebuilt them to subjugate the Philistines. He routed Israel’s enemies, Arabs and Philistines. Personally oversaw major construction projects. He was a great great Israelite king but his pride led to his downfall. He entered the temple to burn incense. It took Azariah with 80 courageous priests to confront him but he was so powerful, no individual could confront him. He lost his temper, then got struck with leprosy, lived in isolation and died a leper.
He started well, then came tumbling down. Just like Samson who had a spirit of entitlement. Here, it is Uzziah’s pride.
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