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Immerse: Chronicles Week 4

Too Big for Your Britches?

Does anyone else want to groan when reading these stories in Immerse: Chronicles? Sometimes a king is on such a great run, and then he makes a bad turn and everything comes crashing down. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s like watching the Jags play (except for the game on November 7 - that was a good game). One minute, you think we could be headed towards a win. The next, we’re facing yet another loss. Ugh. Go ahead, put your palm on your forehead and shake your head in disappointment and embarrassment.

Meet Uzziah. One of many in the line of Judah’s kings. He became king at the young age of sixteen. For many of his fifty-two years as king, he feared God and followed His ways. He was a visionary who built up the towns and cities of Judah. He “loved the soil,” and so he took care of it. He was a military leader who provided well for his army. Reading this portrayal, I even thought, “Wow, he sounds kind of like King David.”

But then we come across this description: “His fame spread far and wide, for the Lord gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful. But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall” (Immerse: Chronicles, page 84).

Doh! Another one bites the dust. Uzziah is a perfect example of “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18 NLT).

Or in southern terminology, Uzziah got “too big for his britches.”

How does this apply to us? Perhaps we won’t ever do anything quite as blatantly disobedient and disrespectful as Uzziah did, but I do think that sometimes we can all be tempted to get too big for our britches. Ugh. Even as I’m writing this, I’m getting convicted. I occasionally find myself thinking “That’s not my responsibility” or “Someone else can do that.” More often that not, it’s pride behind that type of thinking.

Whether we’re brazenly burning incense in the Temple or stubbornly crossing our arms, refusing to {insert what you think you’re too big or important to do}, let’s turn away from that attitude. Let’s remember and replicate the attitude of Jesus who gave up His divine privileges to serve (see Philippians 2). Let’s stay humble, even when we have been blessed and have become powerful in our positions.