by: Timothy Vazquez
2 Chronicles 26:5 (NLT) 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.
King Uzziah is listed among the eight "good" kings that Judah had in its history before Jesus came. The Northern Kingdom (the Northern ten tribes known as Israel) had no good kings at all...not even one. The good that is spoken about these men needs to be qualified because even though they were much better than the rest of the kings, they still did a lot of knuckle-headed things. What stood out among the good kings of Judah was that they feared the Lord and they obeyed Him. In every single case, that led to success not only for them as kings, but for the nation of Judah as well. Israel, having not one good king, was headed into oblivion, eventually being conquered by Assyria and exiled to that pagan land. These became known as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel because they were never allowed to return to the homeland as the people of Judah eventually were when they were exiled.
The difference was that some of the people of Judah, inspired by these good kings, sought the Lord and had reverence for Him. Uzziah was one of the more successful kings and the verse above tells us exactly why. He was taught to fear the Lord and he sought guidance from Him. Notice that the Bible tells us that as long as the king sought guidance, God gave him success. King Uzziah's success is directly connected to the fact that he sought the Lord's guidance. His success would only last as long as he continued to seek the Lord's guidance and there would come a day when he would meet his downfall because he stopped seeking it.
With all of the stories in the Word of God of the people who had success in their lives and with the Word telling us exactly why that success was possible, it's a puzzling thing to see that we, as the people of God, do not simply seek out guidance from the Lord so that we, too, can be successful. Instead, we do what mostly everyone does and that is to figure things out on our own. The main reason that we do that is because of the rebelliousness of our hearts. While we may not admit it, the reason that we do not seek the Lord's guidance is that we want to do things the way that we think is right. We really don't like to receive counsel from anyone, even the God who knows all things. That is utter insanity when you come to think about it.
Let's learn this valuable lesson from these few "good" kings who had spurts of doing things the right way before they went the wrong way. Their good spurts led to great successes. We need to not only have good spurts, but to constantly live in the fear and admonition of the Lord, seeking His will and guidance at all times. If we do, God will without a doubt give us success in our lives as He has done for everyone who loves and reverences Him.
Pastor Joey Vazquez