“And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper” (2 Chronicles 26:4-5).
As I was reading these two verses today (2 Chronicles 26:4-5), a moment of reflection came upon me. There are countless times mentioned throughout God’s great Word where a person does what is right in the sight of the Lord and seeks God throughout all of their days. As a result the person is made prosperous by God and in battles becomes victorious by God’s hand.
What battles do we need victory in today? Are we living a life of prosperity? Are we doing what is right in the sight of God and seeking Him daily?
Sometimes there is usually a downside to the victory and prosperity, as it was with Uzziah. Once Uzziah became strong and reached such great levels of victory and prosperity, he backslid and went against God’s ways; He did not continue in doing what was right in the sight of God. He did what he wanted to do and what he thought was right. There was a price to pay for this behavior. Once he no longer did what was right in the sight of God, he was immediately stricken with a disease and cast out.
“But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the Lord, that were valiant men:
And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the Lord God.
Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, from beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the Lord had smitten him.
And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land (2 Chronicles 26:16-21).