“I deserve to be able to.”
“It’s my right to know.”
“I can do whatever I want.”
Have you ever heard those words before? Maybe they even came from your mouth! Humanity has had a problem with feeling that they deserve special privileges since time began. The first sin was caused because Satan tricked Eve into believing that she deserved to know more than God had revealed. A little known character named King Uzziah had the same problem.
With a kingdom with power only second to King Solomon himself, King Uzziah was a success story. The Chronicler says that Uzziah “set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper” (verse 5). This is a conditional statement, however. “As long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.” Yes, the time came when Uzziah no longer sought the Lord.
“But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.”
2 Chronicles 26:16
The priests tried unsuccessfully to stop him but King Uzziah was offended that they would tell him—the king of Judah—that he couldn’t. Upon his refusal to listen to their pleading voices, leprosy (a terminal skin disease) appeared on his forehead. The priests then forced him out, “and King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death” (verse 21).
Oftentimes, we feel entitled to things. We think that because of who we are, we deserve certain treatment and certain rewards. Some call this entitlement, but this is actually presumption, which dictionary.com calls “unwarrantable, unbecoming, or impertinent boldness.” Truth be told, we don’t really deserve anything. It’s only when we let our pride and sense of self-importance surface that we think we deserve special privileges—and this has a new name: covetousness, wanting something that we shouldn’t have because it’s not ours.
Am I coveting a position, a “right”, a privilege, or an experience? What thoughts do I need to give up in order to surrender my live to Christ Alone?
Timmy Baze 😀