Saturday, November 23, 2019
Daily Devotion: Conflict & Righteousness
Bible Reading: II Chronicles 26:16-23 (It would be helpful to read all of Chapter 26)
Key Verse: Verse 18 – "And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.”
Key Words: And they withstood Uzziah
If you stand for righteousness, you no doubt will have a conflict with unrighteousness. So it was with Azariah the priest.
We learn several lessons from Uzziah the king. First, we learn that your position doesn’t give you the right to do whatever you desire to do. Secondly, we learn that your accomplishment doesn’t grant you the right to go and do what you desire. Thirdly, your past victories do not grant you permission to do and be what you desire.
Uzziah was a man with great accomplishments but when his heart was filled with pride, he became an unrighteous man. From there the conflict with righteousness is inevitable.
There was a time in India that when the husband died, he would be cremated. Now, here comes the conflict…not only would he be cremated, but so would his wife who was very much alive. When the British government took over India, they required that this practice be stopped which was the righteous thing to do. But the leaders of India disagreed and mutiny resulted. Righteousness and unrighteousness can’t dwell together. When both are demanding to have their way, the conflict is on.
What to do:
✞ Remember, standing for right is not for wimps.
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