Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Marvelous Help of God

I was just reading 2 Chronicles 26, the story of King Uziah, and was struck by the language of verse 15. Verses 4-5 tell us that Uziah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and that he was taught the fear and instruction of the Lord by the prophet Zecheriah. Then verses 6-15a detail some of his exploits and accomplishments, concluding with this thought in verse 15b:

"And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously hleped, till he was strong." And the implication is, of course, that he was "marvelously helped" by the Lord. Oh how I love that phrase and how I pray that we too will be "marvelously helped" by the Lord!

Unfortunately, Uziah let his fame go to his head and he became proud and the Lord struck him with leprosy for the same. He responded well to the discipline of the Lord, and judging from the next chapter he passed on the fear and instruction of the Lord to his son Jotham who reigned in his place. Here's what the text says of Jotham:

"So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God" (2 Chron. 27:6). Looks like he, too, was marvelously helped by the Lord!

Oh that we might fear the Lord, order our ways before him, and know what it means to be marvelously helped by him!

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