Poor Uzziah

  Uzziah was king of Judah (2 Chron. 26). He is also known as Amaziah (2 Kings 14). Second Chronicles reports he was successful in war, built towers, digged wells, had much cattle and vineyards, many mighty men under his hand and was strong. BUT... :His heart was lifted up to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God..." Chapter 26, verse 16. Leporsy infected his body and he was cast out.

  Would you say he was a successful man or was he poor as our title suggests? Even if he had not contracted leprosy he was poor because, in spite of all his earthly glamour, he failed in the most important matter: his service before God. Why is it so difficult for mankind to realize this? Even some of us who profess to follow Christ let things of the here and new blind us to the importance of spiritual matters. God tells us about Uzziah for our benefit that we not make the same blunder of life (Rom. 15:4)