John 18:1-18; 2 Chronicles 26; Psalm 83
We all know someone who is “too big for their britches.” They’ve done some good things so they begin to think that there are no limits to what they can do. Hollywood stars and starlets become experts on the areas that they’ve thought about playing a role in. Athletes become role models for anything from healthy living to developing relationships. And then, then everything implodes. King Uzziah was a great king. Judah was expanding its influence. He became famous as a king and a military leader and before long, he must have started thinking that God needed him to do everything. And so, having established his reputation as king, he decided to become a priest as well. “But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” (2 Chronicles 26:16) He obviously didn’t learn his lesson from Saul. The result of his pridefulness was that he became afflicted with leprosy and lived in isolation the rest of his years. His son took over active leadership of the country, but we can only wonder how much more Uzziah could have accomplished if he had stayed focused on what God had called him to do. How often do we begin to think that we need to add extra work for God to our schedule? Especially when it’s in an area that we don’t know a whole lot about? We begin to think that God is lucky to have us serving Him so we can take over all kinds of jobs and, because we’re in good with God and God will protect us, we should be ok. While we should always be open to God’s leadership, we should be very careful when we are making decisions that will change the way we do things. If someone else is already doing God’s will, He may not be calling us to work in that area. We may be responding more to our ego than to God. We live in a world with many needs. We should always be true to God’s desire in our lives. We should always be open to His leadership. At the same time, we should be careful to avoid letting our egos direct us rather than God.
Lord, I am grateful that You called me to serve You. Keep me so focused on You that I won’t even think about letting my ego guide me. Give me wisdom so that I won’t make decisions that take me out of Your will for me and into the responsibility of others.