“But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Uzziah’s punishment can seem awfully big in light of his apparent offense. I mean, he burned a bit of incense in the Temple. Why should that have drawn a punishment of leprosy? But, the light external offense was only a symptom of the much more dangerous internal issue. As faithful as he had been throughout his reign as king, he eventually started to see himself as the source of that success. Once he did this, his downfall was nigh. <!–more Read the rest…–>
This poses a stern reminder for all of us. The perils of success are great. We should run after it with all we have, but if we begin worshiping it as our god, it will lead to our doom. We never escape the necessity of being wary of this temptation. Pride, or a belief that we are sufficient in and of ourselves for, really, anything, will always eventually lead to our undoing, and not only ours, but often for all the people who have attached themselves to our wagon as well. This is never pretty. Instead, let us always remember who is God and remain humbly reliant on Him; constantly aware that apart from Him we are nothing.