Daily D – 2 Chronicles 26:5
2 Chronicles 26:5 Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. And as long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success. (NLT)
2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the sanctuary of the Lord’s Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar. (NLT)
2 Chronicles 27:6 King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the Lord his God. (NLT)
Leaders who seek God’s guidance experience success. Leaders who become powerful and prideful experience failure. This is the story told over and over in 2 Chronicles. See the verses above for examples. Based on how you are seeking God today, are you more likely to experience failure or success?
This is the point in the conversation where someone points out the exceptions to the rule. This is a good point in the conversation to remember there is still an observable, repeatable rule. God is more interested in being found than most people are in finding him. As one movie character said in one of my favorite movies, “Confound it, Man! Are you afraid of success?”
Leaders who learn to lean on Jesus are leaders who learn to enjoy the kind of success that builds better lives, better teams, better churches, better schools, better businesses, and better communities.
You can lean on yourself today. Things might even work out well for a time. However, we both know how often depending on ourselves has not exactly worked out as well as we would have preferred.
Seek God. Know and experience him. Listen to his wisdom. Take it to heart. Do what he says. Lead with integrity and character. Trust God from the bottom of your heart. This is where your signature success will come from.
I will seek God’s wisdom and direction.
Our Father, please give me wisdom for everything ahead of me today. Give me your clear direction. You know what I do not. You see what I cannot. Your purpose for my life and for this world is forever “good and pleasing and perfect,” (Romans 12:2). Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.