The Penalty of a King’s Pride

Every one of us who has been on the journey of leadership desires to be successful and have growing influence. None of us ever wants to be known or remembered for being mundane or useless and as such, our natural tendency is to embrace the vision of our hearts and run with it with all that we have.

However, while on the pursuit of God and we prosper, we must then be very careful. Why? Because success can often times open the door to  pride which in turn can cause us to fix our eyes on our accomplishments, and not on the God who allowed us to carry out anything to begin with. This in turn will compromise the greatness that God has called us to.

In 2 Chronicles 26, we read about King Uzziah’s successes but sadly his tragic fall.  The root of his transgression (2 Chronicles 26:16) was a heart of pride, and we are warned that pride is a lust that ruins more that any other. And surely pride comes before a fall.

With the help of God, this leader of God’s people grew  strong, grew in wealth, in interest, and in power. But just like the prosperity of fools, that puffs them up with pride and destroys them, so was it with this king. Instead of lifting up the name of God in gratitude to Him who had done so much for him, his heart became lifted up to his own doom and destruction.

Out the many lessons that we can learn from this story,  I want to share one with all you leaders.  And it is this; Power can ignite pride, which eventually does lead to problems. When we boast in our achievements, pride checks in. And God resists the proud. With King Uzziah God gave a classic instance of His resisting the proud. If we become proud and presumptuous and cannot be made to see our error by the judgments of God’s mouth (through the warnings of those He has appointed to that duty in our lives) or God’s word (as we read in the scriptures), we shall be made to see it by the judgments of His hand. We must guard our hearts and lives from this crippling disease.

Remember, when pride builds up in our hearts, everything we are will eventually be torn down. King Uzziah strove with the priests, but he could not strive with God his Maker. Neither can we.

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