HIGH AND LIFTED UP

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:1

 One can only imagine what Isaiah saw. It’s not until crossing over to Heaven that one can behold the beauty and magnificent splendor of God. Yet Isaiah was privileged to get a sneak peek of God’s glory, awe, and majesty, all of which came about after something left the scene. What was that “something” you may be wondering? It was pride! And that pride was in the form of a person. Notice the key verse says, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up.”

 As a young king, Uzziah started out well. 2 Chronicles 26:5 tells us, Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. And as long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success.” But, as Uzziah became more and more successful, powerful and blessed, something in his heart changed. 2 Chronicles 26: 16 goes on to say, But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the sanctuary of the Lord’s Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar.” Because of Uzziah’s pride and sin, he was struck with leprosy and had to live out the rest of his days separated from God and his people.

Notice that as Uzziah became prideful, he also became more religious. He wasn’t out stealing, womanizing or becoming a drunkard. No, he actually became more “spiritual,” as in “spiritually prideful.”

Today, we can rest in the truth of knowing that all of our sin, to include pride, was paid for through Jesus on the cross. And, as we allow Him to fill our hearts with His love and grace, He will be high and lifted up in and through us.

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