The Test of Success

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.

II Chronicles 26:16

This verse is referring to King Uzziah, who, in verse four, is said to have done “that which was right in the sight of the Lord.”  Verse five tells us that “he sought God in the days of Zechariah” and that “as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.”  He was a good king, a prosperous king, and a powerful king.  But his power and success turned out to be his downfall.

The Bible tells us in this verse that “when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction.”  It is easy to get proud.  It is easy to let pride creep into your life even as the Lord is blessing you.  The Lord is good to us and He blesses us.  He “daily loadeth us with benefits”, Psalm 68:19 tells us.  But it is easy to look at all we have and begin to forget where we got it.  It is easy to start to think that maybe we are where we are because of something great or good that we ourselves have done.  That is where king Uzziah found himself.

When his heart was “lifted up” with pride, he fell.  Proverbs tells us that “pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (16:18)  Uzziah failed the test of success and prosperity.  The Lord blessed him, and his heart filled with pride instead of thankfulness and gratitude.  How will we do or how are we doing on our own “tests of success?”  Let us allow king Uzziah’s example to help humble us and keep us from sinful pride!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, What a great lesson. it is all to easy to take all the credit for our own success when it is God who has blessed us with whatever success we enjoy. Peace, Linda


    • My problem is that I will run to the Lord when I’m having trouble, but when I’m doing well, I have a tendency to get filled with myself. I am working on giving Him credit for everything.


  2. Thank you, Ben, for such an important reminder. I try to be thankful each time I get humbled by something. That’s really good for me! Keeps me in a safer place before Him. 🙂 God bless you! deb


  3. Great post! Yes we need to have our minds renewed daily…even hourly.

    I love Psalm 68:19! I am so thankful.



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