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LONG LIVE THE KING

2 Kings 15:1-2 “1 In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah became king. 2 He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.” 

EVEN A LEPER CAN RULE

 King Azariah (Uzziah) was the longest ruling king of Judah or Israel.  He was a good king.  He followed the Lord, or at least tried to.  He began his reign at 16!  Wow! And he reigned 52 years.  But the verses go on to say the Lord struck him with leprosy.  We don’t know exactly when that happened, but it must have been later in his reign because his son ruled in his placed and eventually took over when he was 25.

Why am I recounting all of this?  Just to show you that God can use anyone who is willing to be used.  He took a teenage boy who became leprous and made him the longest ruling king of the nation. God can use anyone, anytime, anywhere, any how He chooses.  We just have to be willing.

TEACHING MOMENT

Many parents tell their kids, “You can be anything you want to be when you grow up.”  I understand the sentiment and respect their desires for their children, but that is just not true.  A short child will most likely not succeed in the NBA.  LOL.

Instead, we should be telling them, “Johnny, we need to pray that the Lord shows you what He has for you to do to honor Him.” That’s the most important thing. So, whether he is a banker, soldier or astronaut, he can honor God.  Push them to excel, not for self, but for God.  Give them opportunities to thrive, not for you, but for the glory of the Lord.

Do you know what the Lord has called you to do? So many of us are still seeking that. Ask Him.  He doesn’t want to hide this from you.  He is preparing you every step of the way to be His instrument in His master plan for mankind.

Open my eyes, Lord, to what You have for me.  Let me see the opportunities plainly.  Help me point others to Your plan for their lives.

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