But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. —II Chronicles 26:16

You have heard it— “Power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts.” Power mixed with pride leads to a precipice! In the context of the verse above King Uzziah “was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success” (II Chronicles 26:3-5). Then because of that success, because of that power, he became proud and that led to his downfall. So it is with anyone who allows power to go to their head and they become prideful. There will be a downfall at some point. The Lord knows all things and He will deal with people according to His purposes.

If the Lord allows us success and puts us in a position of authority or power, may we not become prideful. “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” (I Corinthians 10:12). Let us not allow pride to take us down. Let us be filled with the grace of God, staying close to Him and doing His will. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgFB0eUflms

Dear Father, I am nothing without the Lord Jesus Christ. I can do nothing without the Lord Jesus Christ, but I can do all things through Him that I am called to do. May I be faithful in these by the Holy Spirit’s power!

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