Stalked by Pride: Unfit to Serve

As people, we all have an innate desire to belong and to have meaning. We also have a great need for significance – that is to know that our lives have meaning and value. We want to know that our lives counted for that which was useful and purposeful.

That’s what got Cain caught up which we discussed in the post Do You Know Who is Stalking You?. That is what got me caught up as told in Stalked by Pride: My Life is on the Line. In actuality, we all will get caught up in attempting to meet our needs. When we think we have done something, we become prideful which leads to our fall. Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

In the post Stalked by Pride: My Life is on the Line, I shared that we would take a look at how pride was the downfall of king who started out on the Right Path and Right Perspective had an episode of Wrong Path and Wrong Perspective. 2 Chronicles 26 is our text for today. The king Uzziah was first characterized as one who “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.” (v4); however, Uzziah was Stalked by Pride: Unfit to Serve. What caused him to lose his position to serve?

We can go to verse 15 and 16 to find that answer. Before we do, you need to know that the Word (v5) says, “He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” It is in seeking God that our innate desire to belong and have meaning are divinely satiated. After all, it was God who placed the desire in us as He created us. God intends to be the object of our desire not ourselves.

Verse 15 and 16 state “15 In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful. 16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” It was Uzziah’s determination to seek meaning beyond what God had established for Him. He was the king. He had the highest position in Judah, but that was not enough.

How often have we decided that what God gave us was not enough? When that temptation comes and is yielded to, it shows we are Stalked by Pride: Unfit to Serve. Uzziah became unfit to serve when he entered the temple to burn incense to the Lord. That was solely reserved for the priest to do. Not only did he know he was doing wrong, but when confronted by 81 priest to stop him, Uzziah did not repent. He did not turn away.

As a result of his unrepentance, God struck Uzziah with leprosy. Consequently, “He lived in a separate house—leprous, and banned from the temple of the Lord. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.” In his pride, he contracted a disease that rendered him unfit to serve as king as well as to live with the people. He was separated from the people; he was not able to go into the temple to worship (that was the worst as that was the place to meet God); he lost his kingship.

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” Watch out, you are being stalked. Verse 7 in Genesis 4 says, “sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”



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