Uzziah: Arrogance Precipitates A Fall

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The high priest Azariah and other priests confronted him to try to stop him.

 It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God.” 2 Chronicles 26:18

Uzziah became furious with the priests. But while he was still fuming, God struck him on the forehead with leprosy. He suffered the dreadful ailment until his death.

Time and again we see examples in the bible like that of Uzziah demonstrating how arrogance is one of the sins God abhors more than most any other. A lifetime of following God’s will meant nothing compared to a moment of arrogance on the part of Uzziah.

The same is true for us. It may seem that arrogant people are getting away with it, prospering from it or despite it, but in the end, and usually quite suddenly, they fall, almost without fail, and almost always it is because of their arrogance.

Putting God’s hand aside, arrogance causes us to become less vigilant to the dangers around us, and arrogance causes others to look at us with disdain and seek to harm us.

Humility is the greatest virtue you can have on the road to success. And once you have achieved a level of success, humility is the most essential virtue to keeping it.

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