THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min
Reading assignment: __2 Chronicles 26:16-20 __2 Kings 15:5-7 __Isaiah 6
Focal verse(s): 2 Chronicles 26:16: “But when he (Uzziah) became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.”
Unfortunately the successes and power Uzziah gained also caused his ego to swell and he stopped depending upon God. He even performed the priestly duty of offering incense in the temple, strictly forbidden by God. As a result God caused him to become a leper and he had to be quarantined until the day he died. After he became a leper, Uzziah co-ruled with his son Jotham until his death in 739 B.C. Uzziah had been one of Judah’s most influential kings because he expanded its territories and reorganized its army. Like so many of those kings before him, he became proud and paid the price by receiving God’s punishment. The year Uzziah died Isaiah had a vision from God in which he saw God high and lifted up and seated on a throne, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Isaiah responded to the dream in confession of sin and God cleansed him and gave him a message to preach to Judah. Notice that God did not give him the message to preach until after he had confessed his sins and been cleansed by God. In order to be greatly used of God, we must be clean vessels. Confess your sins to Him today and ask the Lord to use you for His glory!