Notice verse 5: as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper. Pride becomes Uzziah’s downfall too as with his father. Such histories are examples for our meditation, guidance and instruction today.
“But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction.”
Here is the story of a person who sought the Lord, and when the Lord blessed them they began to believe more in themselves that in their God.
This is not a foreign story for us.
See this pattern, the order. When we are given strength from the Lord, blessing and honor perhaps … Pride is at the door.
To combat this, we read this wisdom from 1 Peter 5,
“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'”
Humility is the weapon to combat pride.
Easy to say. Hard to do. But our King Jesus showed us how to be clothed in humility. He showed us how to resist pride in ourselves.
Let us follow our King.
* God Above,
Thank You for Your faithfulness, without end.
Thank You for Your love, steadfast and true.
Please help us to clothe ourselves with humility, to each day combat pride.