2 Chronicles 26:16 (NIV)
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.
A great saint I have known for over three decades told me early in my walk with Christ that no one can handle fame or fortune. His words to me were, “Don’t ever seek to make a name for yourself. Do your best to make sure your name is not mentioned in the same sentence with Christ. If you will see to it that Christ is made much of while you remain in the background you will fare well in this life. If you start having your name on signs and ministries and people know you but know little of the Christ you preach be very very careful.”
Uzziah was king and it was not the job of the king to burn incense in the temple. One day he decided that he could do this act of worship by himself, he would not need the priest as a go-between so he set out to do something that God had very specifically written out that kings could not do. It was just a little thing, this burning of the incense, surely this would not be that bad. After all, he was trying to express his worship to God.
This is precisely where Uzziah missed it. It is not a little thing to disobey any known command of God. God is holy and he is looking for those who will obey him even if the commands seem frivolous to us, it is not to God. When we set aside any command as unimportant we set in motion the downward spiral that will lead to our demise in the end. Pride is the root of sin. Right in the middle of the word the letter “I” is what causes most of our problems.
If we refuse to confess our pride and turn from it in trusting obedience to God, God will then slowly take his hand of protection and strength off our life and the downward spiral will only speed up our demise.
Is there any command you have neglected to obey? Turn and confess your need for cleaning and forgiveness and lean again into his promises that he will give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:30)
My only boast is in the Cross of my Lord, I am nothing without him.