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As Long as He Sought the Lord

II Chronicles 26:3-5, “Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah did. And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.”

Uzziah became king when he was only sixteen years old, and the Bible says, “He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.” God has no age limit as to who He can and cannot use. The end of the above passage is where I would like to focus. It says, “As long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.” If only success were this easy. Well, it honestly is. I wrote a few days ago from the book of Nehemiah that it is God that prospers us. Success and a prosperous life comes from seeking God and obeying His word. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

It would be nice to say that Uzziah sought the Lord for his entire life and lived prosperously, but he did not. II Chronicles 26:16 says, “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.” The chapter goes on to say that Uzziah got leprosy because of his transgression. The question is simple. Will we seek the Lord and prosper or will we do things our own way and not see success?

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