Unusual Favor – Part 2

Sunday, November 25, 2018

“…As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” (2 Chronicles 26:5b NIV)

As we consider the importance of Uzziah’s “seeking the Lord” and how it led to God’s blessing, perhaps we should take a closer look at what this familiar phrase really means.  Was the Lord playing hide-and-seek with Uzziah?  Is that why Uzziah had to seek him?  Was God trying to be elusive?  What did the Lord mean when he spoke these words through the prophet Jeremiah:  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13)?

Seeking God is not merely an Old Testament concept; it is at the heart of every real relationship with the Almighty “because anyone who comes to him [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

The question is not whether you attend church or how many Bible verses you know.  Those things, although important, do not necessarily make us seekers after God.  Neither does calling ourselves Baptists, Presbyterians, fundamentalists, evangelicals, or charismatics.  God is not interested in how many seeker-sensitive churches there are but in how many seeking churches there are and how many people have seeking hearts like that of young King Uzziah.

Under Zechariah’s godly influence, Uzziah was doing two essential things.  First, he was seeking help from Almighty God.  The king was conscious of his weakness and his inability to rule Judah rightly in his own strength.  He knew that he needed God’s direct assistance.  This humble recognition of need is at the heart of all real prayer and provides the motivation for spending time in God’s presence.  The word translated “sought” in 2 Chronicles 26:5 actually means “to tread or frequent” a certain place.  It is sometimes translated in the King James Version as “to question” or “to require.”  Uzziah must have spent much time with the Lord because his tender heart knew no other source of help.  How much we need to follow his example by praying every day, “Oh, Lord, I need your help.  I can’t make it without you.”

As he sought God, Uzziah was seeking not only the Lord’s help but also his approval.  Desiring God’s approval is the other half of the seeking that brought Uzziah such blessing during the days of Zechariah.  Although many people run to church or say prayers when they are in trouble, they may give little thought to having a life that is pleasing to the Lord—to find out what delights him!  They may think of God as “an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1), but all too often they put him out of their minds as soon as the crisis is over.  Real seeking of God involves searching God’s Word to learn the things that bring him joy.  Uzziah was not too concerned about what made other people happy.  Like David, he was far more concerned that the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart would be acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14).  “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Chronicles 26:4).  Uzziah’s humble heart was not bent on sinful self-seeking but rather on pleasing God, and this is what brought heaven’s favor upon him.

-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from The Life God Blesses)

Read 2 Chronicles 26:2-5; Psalm 19:7-14

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