2 Chronicles 26* Uzziah's good reign in Judah. (1-15) Uzziah's attempt to burnincense. (16-23)1-15 As long as Uzziah sought the Lord, and minded religion,God made him to prosper. Those only prosper whom God makes toprosper; for prosperity is his gift. Many have owned, that aslong as they sought the Lord, and kept close to their duty, theyprospered; but when they forsook God, every thing went cross.God never continues either to bless the indolent or to withholdhis blessing from the diligent. He will never suffer any to seekhis face in vain. Uzziah's name was famed throughout all theneighbouring countries. A name with God and good people makestruly honourable. He did not delight in war, nor addict himselfto sports, but delighted in husbandry. 16-23 The transgression of the kings before Uzziah was,forsaking the temple of the Lord, and burning incense uponidolatrous altars. But his transgression was, going into theholy place, and attempting to burn incense upon the altar ofGod. See how hard it is to avoid one extreme, and not run intoanother. Pride of heart was at the bottom of his sin; a lustthat ruins many. Instead of lifting up the name God in gratitudeto him who had done so much for him, his heart was lifted up tohis hurt. Men's pretending to forbidden knowledge, and seekingthings too high for them, are owing to pride of heart. Theincense of our prayers must be, by faith, put into the hands ofour Lord Jesus, the great High Priest of our profession, else wecannot expect it to be accepted by God, #Re 8:3|. Though Uzziahstrove with the priests, he would not strive with his Maker. Buthe was punished for his transgression; he continued a leper tohis death, shut out from society. The punishment answered thesin as face to face in a glass. Pride was at the bottom of histransgression, and thus God humbled him, and put dishonour uponhim. Those that covet forbidden honours, forfeit allowed ones.Adam, by catching at the tree of knowledge which he might noteat of, debarred himself of the tree of life which he might haveeaten of. Let all that read say, The Lord is righteous. And whenthe Lord sees good to throw prosperous and useful men aside, asbroken vessels, if he raises up others to fill their places,they may rejoice to renounce all worldly concerns, and employtheir remaining days in preparation for death.
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