Friday, April 18, 2014

SERMON: Doing right in the eyes of the Lord

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 8/30/2013

Uzziah, who reigned as king in Judah from 792 to 740 B.C., became a royal leader at 16 when his father, Amaziah, was killed in a conspiracy. Amaziah foolishly had engaged in a battle with the king of Israel, and Judah was defeated

Uzziah’s 52-year reign was greatly blessed by God. Why was Uzziah so greatly blessed?

Uzziah, who reigned as king in Judah from 792 to 740 B.C., became a royal leader at 16 when his father, Amaziah, was killed in a conspiracy. Amaziah foolishly had engaged in a battle with the king of Israel, and Judah was defeated

Uzziah’s 52-year reign was greatly blessed by God. Why was Uzziah so greatly blessed?

In 2nd Chronicles 26:3-5, we read that Uzziah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. God blesses obedience. When we continually are in opposition to the will of God, He cannot bless us.

As with all things, obedience to God begins a step at a time. We should not expect or worry that God will give us a task for which we are not equipped. When we complete the task, we might not be able to measure our success in any other way than the fact we know God wanted us to do a particular assignment  and we did it to the best of our God-given ability. The blessing might be entirely ours, or others might also reap the benefits.

As we learn the blessing and reassurance that comes with doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, something else will happen. We will begin to seek the Lord.

Uzziah set himself to seek God. It is important to understand here that God is not lost. We are. If we are not doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, we have lost our way. By seeking God, Uzziah was able to get Judah back on track and he was blessed in international and domestic affairs, as well as with military strength.

God is the sovereign ruler of the universe and as such may harden the hearts of those who refuse to do what is right in his eyes. God said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Romans 9:15).

The assertion of God’s absolute sovereignty is basic to Biblical belief. The vision of God reigning from his throne occurs over and over in Biblical text. God’s dominion is total: He wills as He chooses and carries out all that He wills and none can stay His hand or thwart His plans.

God will exercise His will in the form of blessing or curse, depending on whether we are doing what is right in His eyes.

 

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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