03 July 2009


15 …Uzziah’s fame spread far and wide, for the Lord helped him wonderfully until he became very powerful. 16 But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall… (2 Chronicles 26:15-16 NLT)

King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the Lord his God. (2 Chronicles 27:6 NLT)

Uzziah, King of Judah, was an amazing man and a good king. He was faithful to God and God helped him restore his nation to much of its former strength and prosperity. Uzziah was intelligent, creative, innovative, successful, and powerful. But when he became powerful through God’s blessing, he became proud and started behaving as if his success was his own doing. He lost his position and power and lived in quarantine for the rest of his life while his son Jotham ruled the nation.

Jotham was a good king as well. Compared to his father Uzziah, he was a bit of a plodder, but he too became a powerful king. Jotham’s strength and success was rooted in his careful and determined life of obedience to God.

There are examples all around us of people who become powerful and proud, who become popular or famous and arrogant, who become wealthy and corrupt, who become comfortable and complacent.

I don’t think I want to be powerful. I do want to be influential. I will be strong and successful and a good influencer if my life is a pattern of steady and determined obedience to God, a pattern of consistent application of truth, God’s truth, in daily living.

Others will see Christ in me if my faith is lived out in my daily actions, not just the actions of church attendance and religion, but in the good things I do to and for others.


Father, today I ask that my life may be a pattern of steady and determined obedience to you and of doing good things, only good things, to others. Amen.

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