Azariah / Uzziah: Day 3

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DAY 3: Pride Comes Before the Fall

Think about a time when there was something you really wanted to do, and you felt like you deserved to do it. 

Because king Uzziah was brought up in the fear of the LORD,  he made a lot of wise decisions. As a result, the Kingdom of Judah was at peace and experienced a season of tremendous blessing from God. But this level of prosperity and power led to Uzziah growing in pride. Later in his life, he made a decision to do something that only the priests were permitted to do. Reading the story, it really doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal. Uzziah wanted to burn incense in the sanctuary — so what? 

It’s important to remember, however, that Uzziah wasn’t being punished for burning incense. Instead, he was being punished because of his pride. After his many successes in life, he failed to be grateful to God for the many blessings he had. Instead, he felt that he deserved to be able to do anything he wanted. We, too, must be careful not to fall into the same trap.

As you read today, consider this: How regularly do you take opportunity to thank God for the many blessings you have?

READING & JOURNALING:

     2 Chronicles 26:11-23

How regularly do you take opportunity to thank God for the many blessings you have?

Think about it: What are some of the dangers of thinking you deserve to have something (or you deserve to do something)? Where might this kind of thinking lead? 

Today, take the opportunity to write out your own prayer/praise to God. Thank Him for the many blessings in your life.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Exodus 26 & 27

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I live in a world in which people do feel like they deserve to have something they want. Because I live in this world too, I confess that I sometimes feel like I deserve something I haven’t actually earned. Today, help me to see that even though there’s little I’ve done to deserve Your love, You have loved me infinitely more that I could ever hope to be loved. I rejoice in that today! In Jesus’ name.

 

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