Proud to Our Destruction
The movie poster was stirring and has always stuck with me. "He fought for freedom and settled for power." The movie was telling the story of Castro, but the tag line seems to apply to so many in places of influence and leadership.
It is dangerous. When we succeed or move to the next level, the temptation to worship self runs deep. I wonder if a solution is to pray that the Lord would keep us "small," dependent on him and content in little things.
Uzziah missed that type of prayer. Made king at 16 he did what was right and followed the law of the Lord. God made him to prosper because of it. Things were looking up. Then, he settled.
"But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction..." 2 Chronicles 26:16 (ESV)
The more he had military and economic success the more reckless he became. He turned from devotion to God to devotion to himself. To his destruction.
God will make those that are faithful to prosper. He will even elevate men and women to prominent places. But we must always labor to keep pride at bay or destruction is bound to come.
May we have the wisdom, and community, to keep us humble for the glory of Christ.