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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.

Read the entire passage: 2 Chronicles 26.3-23


Uzziah became the king of Judah (southern kingdom) at age sixteen and reigned for 52 long years. Early on he learned he would have success as long as he sought and feared God. During his reign, he had a stellar list of accomplishments. He expanded the borders of Judah and fortified the walls of Jerusalem. He built new towns and constructed forts. He excelled at farming with huge herds and bountiful vineyards. Uzziah even invented war machines to defend the city walls. He commanded elite troops outfitted with armor and weapons. His power is known far and wide.

But there was a chink in his own armor. He became so successful that he stopped relying on God. Consumed by his own pride, he disobeyed God’s Law, was struck down with leprosy and buried outside of the royal cemetery. Somewhere along the way, he stopped seeking God and became propelled by self-reliance.


As you begin this week, consider what it will take for you to go the distance in your Christian journey. As a next step, commit to developing a spiritual habit such as consistent Chair Time, more intentional prayer or attending a small group. Select something that will keep you seeking and relying on God.