Maybe this message will speak to you today and make you realise that you have lost your direction in life. Maybe the things of this world have become too attractive to you and maybe you have lost your desire to seek God. Perhaps you have reason to do so, but you are going to end up where you do not want to be.
Today the Holy Spirit is exhorting all of us to let Him set the course of our lives again in the right direction.Go in the right direction
II Chronicles 26:1-7
Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. 2He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers. 3Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 4And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did. 5And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. 6And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines. 7And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
Uzziah means God is my strength. He reigned in Judah for 52 years. His life revealed a secret of setting one’s course in the right direction: from an early age he did was right in the sight of the Lord and sought God in the days of the prophet Zechariah who understood visions that God gave. He broke down the strongholds of the enemy and built strongholds for the people of God. God helped him in all he did and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper. The secret of divine assistance throughout life is deftly captured in that single statement in verse 5: As long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper!
Here is a godly recipe for success!
There are several lessons we can learn from this bible characters life.
1. He distinguished God as his source of strength and prosperity
2. He recognized the Lord’s pleasure in the prosperity of his servant (Ps. 35:27)
3. He was acquainted with the Lord desire to make his soul to prosper (3 John 2)
4. He discerned the Lord wanted him to be healthy to enjoy his prosperity
5. He was familiar with the fact that whatever he did would prosper (Ps. 1:3)
6. He identified that he made the right decision to make seeking God pre-eminent
7. He was acquainted with the word of the Lord as the map to divine prosperity
8. He made out that obedience was the key to unlock divine treasure
9. He understood the benefit of making quality decisions in your youth
It is true that when he was rich that his heart departed from the Lord and he tried to burn incense in the place of the priests and he became a leper till the day he died. This is also a lesson we can learn from him not to let our hearts become proud once the Lord has blessed us, because if the hand of the Lord is no longer on our lives we cannot enjoy the prosperity he gave to us. We know the blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow to it. There are other ways to gain prosperity but there will be no blessing on it and there will be much sorrow added to it. We choose godly prosperity.
Here are a few scriptural injunctions to help us make up our minds about seeking the Lord! Do not seek prosperity – because you will be setting your course in the wrong direction! Do not seek fame – you will set your course in the wrong direction. Make up your mind to make seeking God the most pre-eminent thing in your life. Then God will take care of so many things you think you have to take care of. This is what Dr. Gray used to tell us over and over again at Miracle Valley Bible College in Arizona where I learned to meditate in the Holy Scriptures when I was a young man.
Psalm 119: 10 – With my whole heart I will seek You
II Chronicles 19:3 – Prepare your heart to seek the Lord
Ezra 8:22 – The Hand of God was on them for good that seek Him
Psalm 63:1 – Early will I seek You
Daniel 9:3 – Seek the Lord by praying
Jeremiah 29:13 – If you seek Me you will find Me
Amos 8:14 – Seek the word of the Lord
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness
I Corinthians 10:24 – Let no man seek his own but the benefit of others
Colossians 3:1 – Seek the things that are above, the heavenly things
Joshua learned the secret of godly success from Moses and the Lord reminded him after Moses died to meditate in the Word day and night till he observes what to do and how to do things. Then he made his own way prosperous and had godly success. While you meditate on the Word you learn to meditate on the Lord. You are not only looking for keys to prosperity. In fact the Word takes your mind off what you are seeking and helps you set your course in the right direction: on the Lord! While your attention is off your own ambition and you are no longer busy with your own intentions, the Holy Spirit can drop something in your heart that will give you the solution to your problems and give you ideas that can make you a millionaire! Then you cannot say you did it. The glory goes to God!
While you still think you made yourself rich, you are vain and caught in the web of pride that will come before a fall. It is better to say the Lord blessed you and caused you to prosper because He is able to sustain you and has the ability to increase the blessings! When Uzziah stopped seeking the Lord is when the trouble started. When God stopped being his source of supply, when the Lord stopped being his strength he lost his direction in life and ended up where he did not plan to. We do not want that to happen. We need to make a quality decision by the grace of God that we will never stop seeking the Lord with all our hearts for the rest of our lives. It sounds simple; but it is very profound. Look at it in this way: if you stop eating what will happen? 59 days from now you will be dead – the Irish hunger strikers in the British prisons proved that. Well, what if you stop ‘eating’ the bible for 59 days? Your spirit begins to die.
In the front of my bible that I took to Miracle Valley Bible College in Arizona I made a note according to Jeremiah 15:16 when the prophet said, Your words were found and I ate them! I wrote in my bible above a drawing of all the scrolls of the books of the bible: Process of “Eating”: by the 25th of May 1973 I completed ‘eating’ certain books in the Old and New Testaments; by the 6th of the 6th I finished a few others; by the 7th of the 7th I had eaten a few more and by the 2nd of August 1973 I had worked through the entire bible! But that is not where it stopped! I have been reading the bible and inspiring others to read it ever since! When I stop reading the bible I become weak in my spirit man and my flesh wants to take over. That is when I fast and pray again or separate myself for a while so that my spirit man gains ascendancy over my flesh again!
I have to obey the instruction of Jesus, who said, pray that you enter not into temptation! If you do not pray and read the bible and make seeking God the most pre-eminent thing in your life you constantly fail as a believer and the devil triumphs over you. But thank God we are part of a church, a body of believers, where we remind one another continually to serve God and to do what is right in his sight. If you stop coming to church you give yourself license to do what is wrong.