Made to Prosper

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.

II Chronicles 26:2-5

As the Bible records the history of the nation of Israel, with every mention of a king comes a very brief account of what he did.  Usually the Bible will tell us if a king did “that which was evil” or “that which was right.”  It is interesting to note that even those kings who “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord” made mistakes and had problems.  Good kings such as David, Asa, and in this case, Uzziah all had their problems.  There was never a “perfect” king of Israel, except obviously Jesus and the people said that “we will not have this man to rule over us.”  Anyway, I digress. 

 Uzziah was, according to these verses, a good king.  He “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.”  Verse five tells us that he “sought God.”  And do you know what happened when he “sought God?”  “God made him to prosper.”  Think about that: God made him prosper.  It doesn’t say that God “allowed” him to prosper.  He made him to prosper.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to be “made to prosper” by the Creator of the universe?

But there was a condition on this prospering: “as long as he sought the Lord…”  Later in the same chapter, he decided not to seek the Lord, and, sure enough, he stopped prospering.  Our success in life is based not on the amount of money or fame that we can accumulate.  Our success in life is based on whether we seek the Lord and follow Him or not.  That is the true “secret” to a prosperous and successful life: seek Him!

2 responses to this post.

  1. You’ve got them all beat, Ben . . .all the wealth gurus will be jealous. And rightly so! But, they too can have this prosperous and successful life. The secret’s out . . .it lies in seeking Jesus! God bless!


  2. Very true, Deb. I’ve often thought that even if you make millions of dollars and are a “success” in the eyes of the world, but you do it without Jesus, in the end, your life will really be a failure. Jesus is the “secret”! He is a wonderful Saviour!


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