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What Is Right?!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Isaiah 26:3-4

"He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success."

Since he had become a Christian, Al had always tried to do what was right. He read his Bible and prayed frequently. As he grew spiritually he was able to see the hand of God at work in his life. Then something happened!

Al owned a classic automobile that he had restored from the ground up. When it was finished he decided he was going to sell it for a huge profit. He had been given counsel to honor God with a portion of the profits. He agreed, but he had a better plan. He would keep all of the profits, buy an even more expensive auto that would bring even more profit—then he would be able to give more.

He rejected the counsel and kept all of the profits with which he bought his new classic car to restore. From the very beginning things began to go wrong. There were huge unforeseen costs that drained his money and embittered his heart.

In today’s Scripture we are introduced to a young man who became King of Judah when he was only sixteen. His name was Uzziah. The significant thing that stands out in this passage is that, “He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD.”

Wouldn’t that be a wonderful description of you—or me? Not how smart we are, or what wonderful position we fill or how much money we make, but that we do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

There are many who try to do what is right in the eyes of other people. I want to tell you right now—that is like walking on shaky ground. People are fickle! The very ones who place a laurel on your head one minute, may be the very ones who cry for your head the next minute. I have been there! It’s not pleasant!

Uzziah followed in the steps of his father, who also followed after the Lord. This chapter also mentions his mother, Jecoliah. This is the only mention of her in the Bible, but she must have had an influence in Uzziah’s life or she would never had merited mention.

This godly mother must have taught her son to do right in the sight of the Lord. In the midst of an ungodly world she had prepared her son to be a mighty man of God by doing what is right in God’s eyes.

In our modern world we are surrounded by those who turn their back on God and mock Him. For many, the only time they call out to God is to curse in His name.

Have you ever thought about what a paradox we see in those who deny that there is a God? They claim that there is no God in heaven, yet profane His name. You never hear them curse in the name of false gods. Hmmmm?

I think we will spend the next few days considering the life and rule of this man Uzziah. He was the tenth and one of the ten righteous kings of Judah. I encourage you to read chapter 26 of II Chronicles to learn more about him.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing to others!

--- Pastor Cecil


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