Sunday Soothings

2 Chronicles 26:15-16And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong. 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.”

As I look out of my window to the Tennessee mountains, a peaceful calm permeates my soul. This mountain retreat is set on a bluff overlooking a beautiful valley; lush and green. The dew has not yet lifted and rests as a silky covering to the valley below. The sun has kissed the top of the mountains with a beautiful light from God.

Quiet and alone with my thoughts as I read, once again I am struck with how we have examples throughout the Word of God for our learning. With seemingly more than half my life already lived, Have I learned from the mistakes of the past? Have I learned from other’s failures enought to miss the same for my  life?

Uzziah, king of Judah, had done well in following what God had done for him and through him. Then, his pride subtily creeps in and Uzziah thinks of himself more than he ought and seeks to step into an area solely reserved for the Levitical priesthood. He clearly stepped over the line.

God’s judgment came decidedly and swiftly as leprosy rose in his flesh, visible to all who gazed upon him. I thank God for His longsuffering with me. My heart want right, but my feet do not always go in the path of right. Paul summed up this thought beautifully in his letter to the Romans.

Romans 7:19-20For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”

The war between my mind and my flesh is one that will continue till my soul resides in Heaven and my body in the earth. This time between now and then, is all I have left to complete God’s will for my life.

Our family has gathered for our every other year vacation. Having our children and grandchildren around us, living, loving and laughing together is one of the greatest joys to share. Gazing back out over the mountains, basking in the calm, peaceful time with my Father, my heart is full of the blessings He has given our family.

I guess the remaining thought for me today is this: Uzziah reminds me that my selfishness and self-promotion will destroy all that God has blessed over the years. As long as I continue to start my days seeking that my heart is touched by the Spirit of God and I talk with my Father about all that He has for me, I can ensure that my future is secure.

Thank you Father, for your abundant blessings.

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