Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 1st, 2019
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.
2 Chronicles 26:16 (NLT)
Powerful and Proud
Powerful Canadian families have donated significantly to the two main political parties in Canada over the past decade. For example, the Desmarais family, the clan behind Quebec’s Power Corporation, has donated nearly $300,000 to federal political parties over the past decade, slightly favouring the Liberals. The total includes donations from patriarch Paul Desmarais, who died in 2013, wife Jacqueline, sons Paul Jr. and André, who now jointly lead the company, along with daughters Louise and Sophie as well as several grandchildren. The Quebec family that controls Bombardier has donated more than $200,000 to political parties, with the largest share going to the Liberals.
The Bible teaches that pride goes before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction. This is illustrated in the lives of a number of men and women in the Bible, but none more powerfully than King Uzziah. He was a young man when he became king – just 16 years old. At first he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. But then things changed. And it is profound. 2 Chronicles 26:16 says, “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.” When Uzziah became powerful, he became proud. Uzziah forgot that his power had come from the Lord. He forgot that without God he would have nothing. This is a key issue in our day today. We have so much of what this world has to offer. We have become powerful and proud, forgetting our God. May we turn our hearts to Him before it leads to our downfall, too.
These have been words from the heart.