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Summary: God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. God gave Uzziah success when he sought Him. When he turned away and disobeyed God because of his pride, he lost everything.

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Heb 11:6 “...anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

God have given us a promise, that if we seek Him earnestly, we shall be rewarded.

• This is an offer with a guarantee returns

The question is not whether you attend church or how much do you know the Scriptures.

• Although theses are important, it does not make us necessarily seekers of God.

• God says He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

This truth was proven in Uzziah’s life – [read 2 Chron 26:1-8].

Uzziah became one of the most successful and powerful kings in Judah’s history.

• He reigned for 52 long years, the longest of the 8 good kings in the Southern Kingdom.

• And was only 16 years old when he was made king.

He had a good instructor – Prophet Zechariah (not the major prophet who wrote the book).

• 2 Chron 26:5 - The prophet instructed him in the fear of God.

• And “as long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.”

Uzziah took the initiative to seek God. The word ‘sought’ appears twice in verse 5.

• He was conscious of his weakness and his inability to rule Judah rightly in his own strength.

• This humble recognition of need was the key to his success. He knew he needed God’s help.

And the Lord kept His part of the promise – He will reward those who seek Him.

Uzziah had unparalleled success –

• He was able to overcome his enemies – the Philistines, the Arabs, and the Meunites.

• Even the powerful Ammonites came to pay tribute.

• His fame spreads as far as Egypt.

• He was the first biblical king to be credited as “very powerful”

He had exceptional wisdom – [read 2 Chron 26:9-15].

• He built towers at strategic locations to keep watch against attacks, and fortified the walls.

• He dug cisterns to provide water for the livestock, and cultivated the fertile lands.

• He trained his army and organized them into divisions (battalions).

• In Israel’s history, only his army was described as “a powerful force” (26:13)

Never before in Judah’s history did kings arm their soldiers with arsenal like Uzziah did.

• Slingstones were added to the conventional weapons of shield and spear, armour and bow.

• He invented new war machines for use on the towers to shoot arrows and hurl large stones.

Look, in v.8 “he became very powerful”; v.13 he has a “powerful force”; v.15 “he became powerful.”

• Uzziah was rich and powerful, capable and very intelligent.

• He was an all-rounder – an engineer, a cultivator of crops (v.10 he loved the soil), and a warrior.

Yet the Bible did not compliment him; did not tell us how good or wise he was.

In fact, the Bible wanted to stress one point – just in case we missed the point - that God helped him

26:5 “God gave him success.”

26:7 “God helped him.”

26:15 “for he was greatly helped”

• No wonder he was rich – “he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain” (v.10), and many fertile lands.

• No wonder he was so successful – his fame traveled all the way to Egypt.

But WHY? Why did God bless him so much? Verse 5 has the answer.

• The four words that come before ‘God gave him success’ is the key.


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