DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading: 2 Chronicles 26

Focus: 2 Chronicles 26:5b
As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.

Funny story.  A couple years ago, my son gained a consciousness about how my working at the church might benefit him.  He’s really a good kid.  Of course he pushes the limits sometimes, but he loves Jesus, has a kind heart and a sweet spirit, and is usually pretty compliant.  But one day, he wanted to go in a room that was off limits during children’s church.  When the teacher told him no, he puffed up his 8-year-old chest and said, “Do you know who my mom is???”  That “off limits” space didn’t apply to him.

In today’s reading, we find a similar story.  King Uzziah had a puffed up chest, too, thinking the rules didn’t apply to him.  On some level, I bet we can all relate.  I doubt that any of us have ever been afflicted with leprosy as a result of our misguided pride, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it came back to bite you in the butt.

Our focus today, though, is a great way to avoid that bite.

As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.

It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?  Then why is it so hard??

We seek comfort.  We seek convenience.  We seek logic.  We seek our own pleasure and our own timing.  We make it all about us.

But God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), His timing is not our timing (2 Peter 3:8), and His plan is not for us to understand (Proverbs 19:21).  We’re often so self absorbed, that we fail to seek, hear, and trust God’s plan for us.  We puff up our own chests and demand that we know what’s best.  We don’t follow Jesus, we follow ourselves!

God knows the desires of your heart.  He put them there.  He knows of your unrest, struggles, and dissatisfaction.  Maybe it’s not about you.  It’s not about who your parents are, or what your gifting is, or how much money you’ve given.  He knows when it’s time to move and when it’s time to be still.  He knows the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), the plans that He created in advance for you (Ephesians 2:10).  He wants success for you.

As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.

Seek the Lord.

God, I know that your plan is right for me.  I want to seek you, and I fail so often.  Help me to seek you in the every day, with patience and courage, that I might have the success you created in advance for me.  Thank you, Father, for your goodness, and for your continued mercy and grace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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