The Folly of Pride: The Story of Uzziah
II Chronicles 26
Back in 1014 there was a King who ruled over England named Canute. He was a powerful king but he was a Godly man. During his reign King Canute would often hear people come into his court and flatter him with extravagant praises of his greatness, power and invincibility.
He grew tired of that, because unlike King Uzziah Canute wasn't full of himself. So, one day he ordered his chair to be set down on the seashore and with great fanfare he commanded the tide not to come in and get him wet.
But no matter how forcefully he ordered the waters to obey they didn't listen. Soon the waves lapped around his chair.
One historian tells us that he left the beach, went to a church where there was a statue of the crucified Christ and he hung his crown on that statute and never wore it again.
The story of King Uzziah is a familiar one. He had a strong beginning in his life as a man of God, but he came to a desperately tragic end. It is a very tragic end.
These stories have something very powerful to say to us about our own lives. This is the story of a man who made a brilliant beginning but came to a tragic ending. It didn't happen suddenly. It happened very gradually. You see there is no experience that we can have that will guarantee victory and sucess for the duration of life.
The Bible is full of stories of people who started off wonderfully, with all the resources of God at their disposal, with so much promise but they came to a desperately unhappy end themselves and wrought havoc in the lives of others.
Go with me to the Old Testament and we see the story of a man by the name of Gideon a man with a wonderful beginning. He felt himself to be a coward and yet he was given great power.
He wrought wonderful things for God and then he became greedy and when they offered him the place of kingship, He said, "No! I don't want to be a king. The Lord is going to rule over you.
But if you have a little ...
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