March 22, 2018: Danger! Danger! Danger!

2 Chronicles 26:21 (NIV)
21  King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house–leprous, and excluded from the temple of the LORD. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.

Seventy courageous priests followed Uzziah into the temple to warn him not ot burn incense because it was not his job.  he had a huge group of courageous leaders that were willing to risk his anger to warn him not to do what he was about to do.  Uzziah had been faithful to God for almost twenty years.  God had blessed him more than most kings in Judah, but it seemed that the blessing of God was now becoming more of a curse. Somehow Uzziah reached the conclusion that he accomplished what he had done in his own strength.

The folly of thinking that we have what we have by our own effort.  What do you have that you have not received from God?  Perhaps you think you have worked hard so you deserve what you have. Really?  Who was it that supplied you with food to eat and gave you health to be able to accomplish anything?  Who was it that has kept your heart beating up to this very moment? Who controlled the weather so you could have the food to eat that you have?  Who ordered the steps of those who deliver all the goods and services you enjoy?  Did you keep the truck drivers alert so they could deliver the goods and services you enjoy?  Who has prevented other nations from invading your nation so you enjoy some sense of peace and rest?

The Apostle James says it well in  James 1:16-17 “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Everything you have is a gift from God, everything. Take a good look around and turn to the God, who had given all things richly to enjoy, and express your praise and gratitude to him.  Praise and gratitude expressed to God is the best way to root out the sin of pride.

Thank you, God, thank you, God, thank you, God,

 

 

Pastor Phil

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