May the good Lord deliver man from sin emanating from pride, prejudice self conceit and many more. All these behavior patterns tend to make man fall pray to devil’s temptation or deceptions.Throughout history when man is at his lowest ebb financially, spiritually and without any social worth, the tendency is to turn to God. God’s love for man is the deepest love or the agape love. What we notice is that God will always listen to His children ‘s distress call during the time of dire need. The first King of Israel faltered along the line as he usurped the priestly duty against divine instruction concerning the duties and obligations of the King and the priest. Assuming Saul committed sin out of fear of the Amalakites and the Philistines, with fear of the Lord in him, when Prophet Samuel queried him he should not have engaged in lying to justify his action.
The focus of this post is on King Uzziah who ascended to the throne of his father at a tender age of sixteen II Chronicles 26. He belonged to an age when teenagers of nowadays are still slogging it out in their High School grades. He reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. In chapters 4 – 5, the bible recorded it thus: “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all his father Amaziah had done. He sought God in the days of Zachariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper” (NKJV). Any King that reigned for fifty-two years should have been grateful to the God of Israel in those days. At that point in time, ascension to the throne was full of intrigues and assassination unlike when King Solomon was aged King David’s choice or King Rehoboam that followed Solomon. King Amaziah, father of Uzziah, reigned for twenty-nine years during which he embraced the God of the Edomites. He fell prey to King Joash of Israel. At the end there was conspiracy against him and therefore ran to Lachish. The conspirators. the bible recorded it that they pursued him and got rid of him there. He still had a king’s burial among his fathers in the city of Judah. Uzziah, at the peak of power and glory wanted to usurp the power and privileges of the priests. Eighty priests withstood him,and while still holding the censer to burn incense to the Lord, leprosy broke out on his forehead. He died a leper and was not buried in the king’s field of burial. In conclusion, when shall man learn from history? To start well like King Uzziah is good but never better than ending well.