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He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success. 2 Chronicles 26:5 NIV

Have you watched people struggle with power?

Promotions sometimes weaken friendships because people struggle with how to respond to authority and the power attached to it.

At sixteen years of age, King Uzziah did well with power. He sought the Lord and listened to the prophet Zechariah. As a result, he was one of the few good kings in Jerusalem. But, as is often the case, “after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall” (26:16 NIV). It was like power and pride flipped a switch and one day Uzziah strutted into the temple thinking he could do whatever he pleased (26:19).

Power tempts all people, but only some are able to resist its dangers.

When Paul didn’t die after being bitten by a poisonous snake, the people said he was a god (Acts 28:6). Yet afterward Paul didn’t act like a god. He chose to stay a prisoner in order to talk to more people about Jesus, and he continued to serve the churches. Paul handled power well because he sought God first and foremost.

Both Uzziah and Paul knew the positive power perspectives in the lyrics of the psalmist. Uzziah forgot them, but Paul never did. “He will bless those who fear the Lord—small and great alike” (Psalm 115:13 NIV).

Prayer: Lord, help me carefully examine how I handle power and authority today.
 

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