The Only Means of Prosperity

In Prayer, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

“And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.” II Chronicles 26:5

Oh, what a powerful lesson is found here in this chapter. At the soft age of 16 years, following the killing of his father, Amaziah, who had turned from God, the people of Judah took Uzziah and declared him king of Israel. For fifty-two years, in the city of Jerusalem, Uzziah reigned as a godly, highly productive king.

He successfully fought the Philistines, to the extent that he completely broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod, then striding in and claiming his spoil, the conqueror Uzziah built cities, even among the Philistines. He built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall–strong towers, fortified entrenchments. He built towers in the desert, and dug numerous wells. He ran cattle in the plains, and hired gardeners and farmers, and planted vineyards.

His armies were vast, including his special forces–the mighty men of valour who numbered two thousand and six hundred. Uzziah prepared his men well, handing out shields and spears and helmets and and bows and slings. He was a brilliant ruler and supreme Commander-in-Chief. He saw to cunning men who invented engines in Jerusalem to operate atop the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones should enemy forces advance to the city walls.

His fame spread, the Ammonites gave him gifts and his name was shouted abroad even to the borders of Egypt. He was strong, a marvel, highly respected, and heaped with honor.

Decades passed, and after a godly, prosperous reign of fifty-two years, Uzziah of course was no longer a young man. Then in verse 16 comes unexpected and sad news: Uzziah’s heart became lifted up, and in an arrogant moment, he decided to go into the temple and burn incense. Now understand, this was definitely beyond his calling as king, for the temple services were relegated to the priests. It was God’s plan, God’s order. The priests saw Uzziah and tried to stop him, but he became furious…and at that moment, he became a leper. Right before the eyes of the priests, leprosy clamped onto Uzziah’s forehead.

He was cast out, cut off from the house of the Lord, and from his office as king. He died a leper.

Reflect with me on our beginning scripture: “…as long as he (Uzziah) sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.”

What a lesson is here for us today. It is only through seeking God that we will ultimately prosper. The understanding that our own abilities and successes are nothing without God’s blessing is vital. We become helpless, cast out and demeaned if we dare reach in our hand where such is forbidden. Only when we seek God, only when we follow His law and His spirit will we truly prosper.

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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6 Responses to The Only Means of Prosperity

  1. writeathome says:

    The understanding that our own abilities and successes are nothing without God’s blessing is vital.

    That’s a powerful statement and so true. I guess it’s part of our fallen sinful nature to become lifted up with pride when we feel we’ved achieved a measure of success, but may God help us to remember that we are nothing without Him, that He deserves the honor and that no flesh should glory before Him.

  2. Shirley says:

    Thank you, Carol, for your response. I believe you are one who has such humility of spirit, and who would never be arrogant or presumptuous.

    While at times some seem to prosper without godly direction, at the final reckoning, God’s law will prevail.

    I truly want to stay humble, always seeking after the will of God…even when I may not understand it or can even make sense of it. His ways are far above ours.

  3. Aisha Buxton says:

    Yes, being humble is key to “success”… as our church in Carson grows I do not want to forget that my family is here to serve, not to be served.
    Some may question, how do we make sure to stay humble? Just as you have found; continually seeking God.
    I’ve worried at times, well, how do I know if I am in the will of God? The Bible states “the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord”. God does not scheme for ways to trip us up. It is our own self that trips us up.
    Plainly, HIS WILL is for us TO STAY HUMBLE.
    This is just the thoughts of a “young” pasto’s wife – feel free to let me know if I am off 🙂 I read your blog as much as possible TO LEARN and BE ENRICHED, thank you. Love u.

  4. Shirley says:

    Hello, Aisha…so good to have you here and commenting. I feel honored.

    You are a wonderful grand-daughter and I know you are making a tremendous pastor’s wife. Can’t wait to go to Carson City and see your church.

    You stated truth when you said, “…I do not want to forget that my family is here to serve, not to be served.” I believe you and Joel will always keep that great attitude…God will reward you for it.

    Hug my sweet babies and say, “Granny loves you.”

  5. Kevin Hopper says:

    Shirley, If we could always remember that the ministry is to serve. I don’t ever want to get to a place where I can not be a servant to the people of God and my community! Thanks for this great reminder!

    I Corinthians 9:27
    But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

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