“The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.” Psalm 10:4
Definition of Pride: An excessive belief in one’s own abilities that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God.
Scripture Reading for Today: 2 Chronicles 26
Our study today will focus on pride. As we continue these next 7 days, we will be focusing on the so-called 7 "deadly sins", although according to the Word of God all sins are equal before God and equally deadly to our souls. I hope you enjoy the study and the bit of water I pulled out of the well to share with you today. My God refresh your soul with what you are able to drink in of His living water.
Diving In: After reading the scripture referenced above, answer the following questions.
- What does verse 3 say about Uzziah and his background?
- What noteworthy item, regarding Uzziah’s lifestyle, does verse 4 highlight?
- What additional condition does verse 5 add? How do you think this condition differs from what was said about Uzziah in verse 4?
According to verses 6 – 15 answer the following questions:
- Uzziah “…made __________” (verse 6)
- Uzziah “…built __________” (verse 9)
- Uzziah “…had ___________” (verse 11)
- And for the above accomplishments, what does verse 15 say Uzziah was rewarded?
What, according to verse 16a, was Uzziah’s condition both socially and mentally?
- Was Uzziah’s condition, according to verse 16b, to his benefit? Why or why not?
What action does verse 16c say Uzziah did as a result of his condition?
To understand the severity of Uzziah’s action, read Numbers 16:39-40.
Complete the judgement the priests put upon Uzziah for his act: “You shall have ____ __________ from the Lord God.” (See the end of verse 18)
In the end, what do verses 19 through 21 tell us about how Uzziah lived the remainder of his life?
Prayer and Scripture Meditation:
Praise Jesus Christ for “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself” (Ephesians 1:7-9).
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to, you through the scripture you just studied, the scripture at the start of the blog, or maybe one of the following scriptures, ways you struggle with pride in your life. (Reference the following scriptures for additional study: Psalm 14:1, Psalm 36:1, Psalm 147:6, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16: 18, Proverbs 18:12, Proverbs 29:23,Ezekiel 28:11-19 (fall of Satan), Romans 3:9-18, and James 4:6,13-17)
Take time to write down the verses that speak to you.
Pray through what God has shown you, while asking Him to restore any areas of your life where the destruction pride has come in.
Then seek God and how He is calling you to start the process of reconciliation and healing both in your life and in your heart or how He is asking you to act towards others around you who struggle with the stronghold of pride.