September 13, 2014
READ: 2 Chronicles 26:1-23
O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
Ready for a Bible quiz? Which king attained national influence at age 16; was a genius in military deployment and national security; invented new military weapons; had true vision for commercial and business development; and possessed the Midas touch in husbandry and agriculture?
Who was he? King Uzziah—whose name means “The Lord my strength”. The chronicler tells us the secret of the king’s success. Uzziah was concerned about doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and he truly followed after Him. He also wisely received instructions from a godly man (2 Chronicles 26:5).
Sadly, however, his story ended badly. When he became powerful, he also became proud; one day he went against God’s ordinances for temple worship, and when he was rebuked, he became furious (vv.16-19). His heart was too proud to receive correction. God brought swift discipline for his disobedience (v.20). Uzziah died a leper.
After years of useful leadership, it’s tragic that Uzziah’s legacy was that of failure. What’s scary is that his story can be ours if we stop walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
Use the following questions to evaluate yourself today: Are you truly concerned with doing what’s right in the eyes of God? Are you still seeking Him? Are you ready to receive instruction from godly people?
Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Considering that verse, here are some thoughts from a Bible teacher: “Christians are like stamps. We fulfil our purpose only when we remain attached to the envelope till we reach the destination. Our key focus is not achievement, but attachment. We must remain attached to Christ till we reach heaven.”
That’s the way to have both a good first half and second half of life!
—Poh Fang Chia
365-day plan› John 13:21-38
Read John 15:1-9 and consider what it says about the source of real life and fruitfulness.
How are you walking closer with God this year than the year before? What are you doing intentionally to seek God and do what’s right in His eyes?