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7 January, 2021 15:55

January 7, 2021


The Bible is filled with divine encounters. Isaiah the prophets tells of his own encounter with God’s awesome and yet terrifying holiness; an encounter that was forever to change his life. Isaiah saw the Lord high and exalted, the train of His vestments filling the temple. The seraphim unable to gaze upon His blazing majesty covered their eyes with their wings as they cried aloud Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of battle. The whole earth is full of His glory. Suddenly the very foundations of the temple shook and trembled under the weight of His magnificent glory and splendor. What, is so interesting about this incredible encounter is that Isaiah tells us it occurred in the same year as King Uzziah’s death.

Uzziah ascended the throne of Judah at the age of sixteen and reigned over God’s people for fifty-two years. Although extremely young at the time of his coronation he quickly turned his attention to seeking God. We are told that God prospered him and blessed him both militarily as well as materially. Uzziah’s fame spread throughout the region as far as Egypt and beyond. We read that as long as he sought the Lord, the Lord blessed and prospered him until he became strong. Tragically the moment he became strong or self-reliant God forsook him. Uzziah’s pride then led him to assume he could also function in a priestly role aside from that of being king and burn incense on the altar of incense. Refusing to listen to Azariah the priest along with eighty other priests, Uzziah became enraged…God’s judgment was both swift and severe, he was instantly struck with leprosy and cut off from the house of the Lord.

Uzziah’s fame and popularity went to his head. As far as he was concerned, he alone was responsible for all his mighty achievements. Like every pompous potentate he drew the attention away from God and glorified himself instead. It was only after Uzziah’s death that Isaiah saw the Lord.

The lesson here is obvious, God will not share His glory with another. John the Baptist came to the realization that ‘I must decrease that He might increase’. Self always blinds others from seeing God’s glory in us and through us.

Unfortunately, I believe God had to replace President Trump in order to turn the Church’s attention away from a man and back to where it rightly belongs, God himself! “Not unto us, not unto us, but to your name be glory.” How easily we lose our focus and turn to other things. I believe Trump has monopolized the limelight too long. His pride led to his downfall and demise and only through humility and repentance can he find salvation, peace and restoration. (Let’s pray to that end)

It’s time for the church to look off unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; He alone is to be the center our attention. “Let us exalt His name together.”

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