Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26 - 2 Chronicles 26-27

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Chronicles 26 and 2 Chronicles 27. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Uzziah becomes the King of Judah at a young age, and rules for a long time (see 26:1-3).
  • Uzziah starts out seeking God, living for God, and he experiences great success (26:4-15).
  • Zechariah (mentioned in 26:5) was a prophet. You can read more about him and what he communicated for God in the Bible book of Zechariah.
  • Uzziah's great success, which came because of God, led him to become prideful, and to turn away from God (see 26:16-22). In his pride, Uzziah marched into the temple to do something God had said only the priests could do (26:16-18).
  • In chapter 27 we see a summery of the reign of Jotham, who become the new king, who follows God and experiences success.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Uzziah starts out faithful to God and with good intentions, and he is blessed because of it. Somehow the blessings lead him to start "believing the headlines" about his own greatness. Instead of being grateful for God's blessings and becoming more dependent on Him, Uzziah becomes prideful and less dependent on God. His pride leads him to a place where, after he dies, instead of being remembered as a great leader for so long, all that is said of him is, "He had leprosy" (26:23). 
    • The Bible says, in 1 Corinthians 10:12, "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall." Why do we fall? God warns us, in Proverbs 16:18, "pride goes before destruction."
    • We need to be careful not to follow in the path of Uzziah. The fact that we've been on the right place and are "standing" does not mean we will continue on the right path, or that we won't fall. Ego has been defined as "Edging God Out". When you experience success,  recognize that God is the source and be thankful. If, instead, you start to think your success means you don't need God, it will lead to a potentially tragic fall.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where have you experienced success? Think about those moments: What was your automatic response? Did it make you grateful and even more dependent on God (for more success), or did it make you prideful and feeling like you don't really need God? 
    • What would help you to know that your abilities come from God and every thing you accomplish is the result of His activity in your life?
    • What could remind you to thank Him when things go well?
    • What might help you to pray more about things you want to go well?