Start Well…End Well

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But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction.

2 Chronicles 26:16


King Uzziah started reigning when he was only sixteen years old over God’s people. Unlike most of the other kings, he did what was right in the sight of God. He sought after God and encouraged the people to turn away from idol worship. King Uzziah kept the commandments of God with Zechariah as his godly counselor. His army was strong to defeat their enemies, he became wealthy, and his fame was spread across the land.

However, in the height of his glory—a seed of pride took root and he wanted to bypass the priests to burn incense in the temple. As he argued with the priests standing in his way, leprosy broke out on his forehead and he was quarantined for the rest of his life.

What happened to Uzziah? Didn’t God bless him exceedingly? Perhaps Uzziah forgot that his blessings came from God. Maybe he was so engrossed with his power, riches, and fame that he felt entitled to do whatever he wanted to do. Before we judge him, we also must take a good look at our own lives.

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Many of us are blessed beyond what we ever thought possible. Perhaps we live in beautiful homes with high paying jobs that allow us to travel the world. Or perhaps we’ve accomplished scholastic excellence where we are admired and envied by other people. Whatever blessings we have in our possession, it isn’t because of our mere talents or skills. It’s because of the goodness and grace of God.

If we forget about God when times are good, we will remember Him when times are bad. God gives us everything we need to not only start well, but to also end well. This life on earth is very short compared to eternity. Let us step back and reflect on God’s blessings to make sure that our hearts remain true to Him above all else.

Prayer

Dear Lord, forgive me for when I’ve forgotten how far You’ve brought me. Enable me through Your Spirit to start and end well in Your purpose for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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