Uzziah was doing quite well. He became king at age sixteen, and “as long as he sought God, God prospered him.” (2 Chronicles 26:5) The chapter goes on to say “that his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong.” Oh, but his strength was his downfall. In verse 16 we learn that “when he became strong”, his heart became so proud that he acted “corruptly”. After trying to offer incense in the temple (a priest’s job), he became a leper. He was confined to a house, and his son ruled in his place. When he died he wasn’t even put in the kings’ tombs but in the field where they were entombed because “he was a leper”.
God provides His blessings to the one dependent on Him. I guess I will keep my problems after all. If my problems keep me seeking God, then they are beneficial to me. I don’t want to surrender His favor because I have become strong in and of myself. I don’t want to let pride be my ruin. Paul said, “That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) So I will say, “Thank you Lord for my problems, the ones that keep me depending on Your strength. They remind me of my need for You. They deter me from pride of heart.” Laura Story said it so well in her song, “Blessings”.
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
Burning within me,