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Our Daily Bread: The Tragic Flaw

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  • Kuriakose Corepiscopa Moolayil
    READ: 2 Chronicles 26:3-15 His fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong. 2 Chronicles 26:15 In literature, a tragic flaw
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      READ: 2 Chronicles 26:3-15

      His fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong. 2 Chronicles 26:15

      In literature, a tragic flaw is a character trait that causes the downfall of a story's hero. That was true of Uzziah, who was crowned king of
      Judah at age 16. For many years, he sought the Lord; and while he did,
      God gave him great success (2 Chron. 26:4-5). But things changed when
      his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he
      became strong. But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his
      destruction (vv.15-16).
      Uzziah entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar (v.16),
      openly defying God's decree. Perhaps pride convinced him that God's
      rules applied to everyone except him. When Uzziah raged against the
      priests who told him this was not right, the Lord struck him with
      leprosy (vv.18-20).
      In literature and in life, how often we see a person of good reputation
      fall from honor into disgrace and suffering. King Uzziah was a leper
      until the day of his death. He dwelt in an isolated house, . . . cut off from the house of the Lord (v.21).
      The only way we can prevent the nectar of praise from becoming the poison
      of pride is by following the Lord with a humble heart. David McCasland
      Humility's a slippery prize
      That seldom can be won;
      We're only humble in God's eyes
      When serving like His Son. Gustafson
      The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives. Proverbs 27:21 NIV
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