Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 26:1-15. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 26:5 (NIV) 5 He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success.
On verses 1-5: Uzziah, also known as Azariah, becomes king of Judah in place of his father Amaziah. Here in these verses we see Uzziah at the prime of his reign as king. It’s no coincidence that the period of time when Uzziah was at his best was the period of time when Uzziah was seeking the Lord and remaining teachable toward his pastor Zechariah (v5). What can we learn from this? You are at your best and your strongest when you seek the Lord and have a teachable attitude toward your God-given leaders.
2 Chronicles 26:10 (NIV) 10 He also built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
On verses 6-15: When I read verses 6-15, I get the sense that Uzziah was not a hyper spiritual guy. He wasn’t a natural worship leader like David, or a philosopher like Solomon, or a pastoral leader like Jehoshaphat. Rather, he was a warrior (v6-8, 11-14), a builder (v9, 15), a businessman (v10), and “a man who loved the soil” (v10). If Uzziah was alive today, I could imagine him liking to get his hands dirty fixing cars and motorbikes, gardening and working with his hands. I could imagine him loving to camp and to fish. At church I could imagine him being more inclined to help with the sound or lighting crew than to be on the stage leading people in prayer. Uzziah was earthy, but not worldly. Passionate about life, but not unspiritual, Uzziah was a man’s man, you might say, and yet he loved God (at least in his prime). What was the result? “The Lord gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful” (v15).
What can we learn from this? Guys, like Uzziah in his prime, you can be a man’s man and God’s man at the same time. You can love sports, cars, technology, fixing and building things, investing in different ventures – all of that is great – provided that you keep your heart set first and foremost on pleasing the Lord. When you do, you will experience God’s blessing and become powerful. I pray that God would raise up more men like Uzziah in his prime.
Heavenly Father, no matter how many interests I may have, may my heart always be set first and foremost on pleasing You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!