Lord, keep me humble

North transept rose window, c.1235
North transept rose window, c.1235 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was reading today in II  Chronicles : 16.  The verses before this  tell King Uzziah’s story.  How in the beginning of his reign he did right in God’s eyes. The next verses tell how he built his kingdom and his armies. Much of his war arsenal was designed and developed by other people whose invention helped make his kingdom strong. But then there’s this:

  • “But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. ” (Only the priests were allowed to do this as commanded by God many years earlier.)

I don’t ever want to follow Uzziah’s footsteps.  I don’t think we have to be wealthy or have lots of power to become proud and ungrateful though. Anyone can fall from their pedestal no matter how short that pedestal.

As you know from I am prone to depression.  When I read this today, I couldn’t help but think, maybe that’s one of depression’s gifts. It’s kind of hard to be proud when you’re feeling down. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t fall victim to pride but it certainly appears to be a fence that protects me.

I am glad for that because I can imagine nothing worse than being unfaithful to God.

God bless and have a good day.