2 Chronicles 26 – I Deserve It

2 Chronicles 26“I’m entitled to it.”

“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 😀


4 thoughts on “2 Chronicles 26 – I Deserve It

  1. I wrote this a week or so ago. Today, this was incredibly helpful to me! I went to get my college parking permit and was told that I’d have to park in General Parking instead of my dorm parking lot, because the dorm lot is full. Just as I was tempted to get angry and upset, I remembered which devotional had been posted today on the blog. I’m so thankful that God sends us little reminders of His thoughtful care for us!

  2. Dude, right on! This is a great observation! One of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit is meekness, the opposite of feeling like we deserve to do, say, or even think what we want. May the Lord bless us with more of this Fruit, and may we seek Him for it!

  3. I really liked this devotional. It’s a constant reminder that we don’t deserve anything. Anything we have, is a gift from God. Our house, our family, our love, our pets, our education and our money. One flaw that we as humans have is “greed”. That comes into play when we think that we “deserve” something. We should never demand respect, or demand a certain gift, we should be thankful for what we have.

    Thank you for this Timmy. 😉

    – Ramon

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