“And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, ‘It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD — but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from the LORD God.'” 2 Chronicles 26:18
Here is the only blot we find on the name of Uzziah. As long as he sought the Lord and worshiped Him according to Divine appointment, God made him to prosper. God helped him “marvelously till he became strong.” But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up, to his own destruction. He was not content with the honors God had put upon him, but would usurp those that were forbidden him — like our first parents. The chief priest and other priests were ready to burn incense for the king, according to the duty of their office, and plainly acquainted him that if through a mistaken zeal he offered to do it himself, he would incur the wrath of God and suffer for it; but this served only to excite his wrath, till he felt the judgment of God’s hand in his punishment. Though Uzziah strove with the priests, he could not strive with his Maker, He retired as soon as he was smitten with the leprosy.
In this, we see that our God is a jealous God, who expects that all who serve Him shall do it according to His own institutions. Do you, reader, come to Him in the way of His appointment? Take care that you come not with the unhallowed fire before the Lord, lest you be smitten also. Come only through Jesus, the great High Priest, and you are safe.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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