“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” (2 Chronicles 26:16 ESV).
For much of King Uzziah’s life he was faithful to the Lord, and thus blessed by the Lord. But, somewhere along the way he lost sight of God’s blessing and thought that his strength, that his power came from within himself—he grew prideful. As he grew in pride the blessing of the Lord began to fall away, until he was completely on his own and without God’s blessing. So, when he grew strong he became arrogant and prideful, to his own destruction.
Uzziah’s power was never in him; the power that he had, and the success that he had came from the Lord and his faithfulness to the Lord. But as he grew in strength he grew in ego and pride, and thought he had strength in and of himself, and everything came tumbling down. This is such a needed word for us today. Whatever strength or power we see in our life and ministry is only a result of God’s mercy and grace, and our faithfulness to His Word. Success is not power or results; success is faithfulness.
True success in life and ministry is faithfulness; and faithfulness plays out practically through desperate dependence upon the Lord… And if dependence is the objective then weakness is an advantage. As Christ told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)… Or like we’re told in John 15:5, without Jesus we can do nothing. So, strength is weakness, but faithful weakness is strength. So, as Paul said in response to the Lord, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV). Though we’re weak, we serve a strong God, and that’s more than enough. For our strength leads to destruction, but humble dependence on the strength of the Lord leads to salvation.
I am nothing; Christ is all!