Isaiah 6:1-8, “In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon the throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple…”
When you read the above caption,”king Uzziah and my journey with Christ “, you will begin to wonder how the life of the late king Uzziah of many centuries can affect our journey with Christ. But was King Uzziah a wizard or a warlord that he was able to block the vision of a prophet of God in the person of prophet Isaiah? How was it that through out his life time, a prophet of God couldn’t access the presence of God? There must be something powerful about this king and we are about to find out.
There’s a life of one in the order of Uzziah in our lives that can be a spiritual blockade to us in our journey with Christ. This is a distraction. This life of one, who might be above you or otherwise can influence you negatively. This life of one can lure you into so many things that are not part of your calling and training.
According to 2Chronicles 26:1-23, King Uzziah assumed office as the king of Israel after his father, Amaziah, died.
He did great works in the sight of God as long as Zechariah the priest lived. He invented a lot of armoury to defend the city. Many modern inventions in there own time was invented which brought a sense of comfort, rest and security in Israel. So everyone was relaxed and relying on this great king that even though a prophet was among them, they felt a little need of him because of the cover they were under.
They relied on the abilities of the king God gave them more than they felt they needed the presence of God.
In the year God took him away, a vacuum was created in the lives of the people. Though it wasn’t spoken of, that sense of emptiness was there. They lived a life without assurance of a proper guidance. Even the prophet wasn’t righteous because of the lifestyle the king had introduced them into.
So the Lord knew he had to shift their gaze from the earthly things back to himself. A prophet that had written 5 chapters of the Bible still needed a personal encounter with the Lord in order to know his true state spiritually and he was re-commissioned into his purpose in life.
Isaiah 6:5-8, says, “…Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I, send me.”
King Uzziah is such an one that gives you comfort, brings distraction that makes you think you have arrived, that keeps you so busy with the things of God without having time to spend alone with the God you are serving. No matter how busy Moses was, God always called him to commune with him alone. Your assignment is not more important to God than you maintaining that personal relationship with him. Even Jesus Christ knew that so he would steal himself away just to relate with the Father alone.
King Uzziah makes you think you are still standing but what you didn’t know is that you have fallen a long time ago. That was the state Isaiah was in. King Uzziah had played so much role is his life that even the man of God didn’t know that he had fallen.
You can fight Pharaoh and conquer him once and for all. Pharaoh stands as the power in your father’s house that will not allow you to advance in life. You can fight Jezebel and conquer her once and for all. Jezebel represents witchcraft. You can fight Goliath and conquer him once and for all. Goliath stands as the power that will not let you advance into your destiny. But our fight with king Uzziah is as long as we live. It doesn’t force you, it doesn’t persuade you. It tricks you. It manipulates you. It flashes things that are pleasing to the eyes and desirable to man before you. He facilitates you with what you want as long as it draws you away from God. Delilah drew Samson away from God and that led to his downfall.
King Uzziah presents itself in many ways. King Uzziah preys on your spiritual life by taking advantage of one thing :- THE DESIRES OF OUR FLESH.
Flesh! Flesh!!! Flesh!!!
So, the man of God realized that he was a man of unclean lips after Uzziah was taken away.
Isaiah 6:5 says, “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people with unclean lips…”
All these while that king Uzziah gave their flesh comfort, he didn’t realize he had unclean Iips. But the encounter with the Lord revealed all the weaknesses of his flesh. The battle with the flesh is not like fighting Pharaoh, Jezebel or Goliath. It’s as long as one lives.
So Paul said, I do the things I don’t want to do, but those things I want to do, I don’t do them. Who can help me out of the power of the flesh? The spirit of king Uzziah, by reason of Paul’s relationship with those in authority when he dealt with believers was still at work in him. The spirit of Uzziah preys on our flesh, gives it comfort, causes distraction, introducing spiritual blindness, hinders you from knowing your purpose in life. In Romans 12:1, Paul said we should present our bodies a living sacrifice to God. A sacrificed body is a dead body. So if you sacrifice a living body to God, though the body still has life in it, it is dead to the world but is alive by the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
Jesus Christ knew this and said if any man must follow me, he must deny himself, carry his cross daily and follow me.
Denying himself is coming out of your comfort zone. He had no place to lay his head. So when the disciples thought that Christ came to give them everything pertaining to the flesh, he told them that if anyone looses anything for my sake, he shall have it hundred folds. Peter said, we have left all and followed you. Everything pertaining to fleshly desires they abandoned.
He went further to say if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. If your eyes cause you downfall, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter heaven without your complete body than to have your whole body complete and be thrown into hell. In other words, you are not permitted to enter hell because of your flesh. King Uzziah is not permitted to lead you to hell.
To deal with flesh completely, Jesus Christ likened it to the effects of Isaiah 6 in the life of the prophet.
So he said, unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains but a single grain. But when it dies, it brings forth great harvest. So when Paul had finally conquered the flesh, he said, “I no longer live, it is Christ living his life through me!(Galatians 2:20) Again he said, “I bring myself under that after preaching to others, I may not be a cast away. “(1Corinthians 9:27) Yet again he said, “…I die daily.” (1Corinthians 15:31)
Just as king Uzziah died for prophet Isaiah to see the glory of God, the flesh must die that we may make impact in the kingdom project. We must die to the things of the flesh. The desires of the flesh representing king Uzziah must die. What the flesh desires is different from what the spirit desires. Both are at war always. Unending battle till we are called to glory. Uzziah does not die casually, it dies on the cross. It dies through determination when one willingly submits his entirety to God. Ester said if I die, I die! The three Hebrew men said to Nebuchadnezzar,”We give you our flesh to burn rather than consenting to your ordinances which are against the will of God.”
So Jesus was crucified, he didn’t battle to keep the flesh alive. He willingly gave it up. Paul said, I am crucified with Christ.
We fight two major battles as believers.
Battles against spiritual entities (Ephesians 6:11) and battle against our flesh (king Uzziah).
Unless you die to the desires of the flesh, your journey with Christ is questionable. As the Lord led them, they left their jobs, families, people, kindred, countries, homes that they may dwell with the Lord they encountered. You must denounce yourself, carry your cross daily and follow Christ.
God cannot use you as he wills unless you die to your flesh. The rich man couldn’t take it. How can he sell all that he had acquired and give it all to the poor and come empty just to follow Christ? You know what that meant? All the luxury had to go. The respect he enjoyed, would end. He would learn to live without food and drinks for some days. All that he had acquired through discipline and dedication to work would go in a split seconds. And the proceeds would be given, not to his family members, but to people he didn’t know and who didn’t know how much effort he put in place to acquire those things.
But that is the criteria. Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. For the love of the world is enemity with God (1John 15-17) What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loose his soul or what can you give in exchange for your life? Nothing!
God bless you.