Many times a believer will come to the place where they think pretty well of themselves. They cease to compare themselves to God and His righteousness, and the compare themselves with others. They start to pride themselves on what they bring to God. God’s laws aren’t important to them anymore. God should be happy with what they have deemed him worthy to receive. They are full of pride, and they will be destroyed.
Such was the condition of king Uzziah, when he tried to offer incense in the temple. This king was given the throne at age sixteen. He became a great commissioner of the army and he built many devices for war that helped Israel greatly. He honored the Lord and did what was right, but he failed to rid himself of the sin of pride.
Perhaps he was prideful at the beginning, or perhaps pride came upon him later, but when Uzziah became a strong king he lifted himself up with pride. 2 Chronicles 26:16 tells us, “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.”
This act of burning incense was reserved only for the sons of Aaron. In fact, several priests went after Uzziah and tried to stop him, but he would not yield. His heart was not right. In his pride, he wanted to worship God how he wanted, and not how God commanded. When the priests tried to stop him, Uzziah became extremely angry.
At that moment, God gave Uzziah leprosy.
Uzziah was cursed with this horrible disease until the day of his death. Think of this king in all his glory suddenly having to live in isolation. His glory was gone. For the rest of his life, he lived with a disease with no cure.
This is what God thinks of pride. And this was God’s punishment.
Fellow Christian, I challenge you. Don’t ever lift yourself up with pride to the point where you are not concerned about God’s commands. Seek to humble yourself, always. God does not think well of pride and He will not tolerate pride in our lives. There will be consequences. He tells us in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction,”
I encourage you, seek to humble yourself before God. Uzziah failed to, and he was destroyed. Learn from his destruction, and avoid your own.