King Uzziah ruled with justice and upheld the law of Jehovah, especially in the early years of his reign. As he was guided by the prophet Zechariah, his leadership was prosperous and right in the sight of the Lord. However, as time went on, his pride got the best of him, and one day, he decided to enter the temple and burn incense at the altar. The problem was that doing so was disrespectful to the priests because only they were permitted to make such offerings. As the priests were confronting him for his behavior, an earthquake shook the temple, a crack was made in its structure, and a beam of light shone right across King Uzziah’s face. In that moment, he was struck with leprosy, and for the rest of his life, he lived in a separate house and co-reigned with his son Jotham, for no one “unclean” was allowed in the temple or in other public places.
Friend, like King Uzziah, it’s entirely possible to be on the right track and get blindsided by your pride. Success has a way of squashing humility and if you’re not careful, you might find yourself the victim of a hard fall. No matter how far you rise, you must keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and remember that He is the One who bestows every blessing you enjoy. Your Savior is the source of all promotion and favor, and when you give Him the glory, He will take you farther than you ever thought possible!