He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.

2 Chronicles 26: 5

 

This is a part, perhaps the most important one, of the story of Uzziah, King of Judah. In these few words we have the entirety of the arch of his life spelled out. He is appointed king, at least co-regent with his father, at the age of sixteen. He has the Godly council of Zechariah, and Uzziah listens to his words of wisdom. The young king prospers greatly in that he reclaims the glory of Judah out of the defeated state that his father had led them into. Yet, there is this one cautionary line in the narrative, “as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”

 

If you are a reader of mystery or adventure fiction, that statement from the author has to get your curiosity racing. It tells you that this tale does not have a perfectly happy outcome. Let’s face it; we all have a little Uzziah in us. We like the sweet aroma of success, and when we get some of it in out nostrils, we want more and then some more after that. It gets too easy to take the credit for the wins and many of us rapidly start to leave God out of the game. This is Uzziah’s fatal problem. He becomes full of himself, leaves God’s rule and law out of his actions, and he suffers tremendously because of it.

 

Now the account of what happens to this king is horrible (read the story, it is worth it) and it would seem that it should suffice as a warning to us all. But, we fallen beings being what we are, it doesn’t stop much of this sort of god-less behavior. Yet, this is where the story of Uzziah and his fate differs from what we need to experience. Uzziah sinned and suffered because of it; so do we all. Uzziah’s legacy was his sin; because of Christ, ours is the glory of God. Our sinfulness has consequences and brings about pain. It is too terrible to endure. Yet, Christ’s blood wipes it all away so that, unlike Uzziah, no one can walk by our grave and name us as “unclean”. In Christ alone, there is victory over even the darkest of sin.