In 838 BC a man named Amaziah becomes King of the nation of Judah. Judah is the Southern half of the divided nation of God’s people and Israel is the Northern half. Amaziah is King of the Southern half.
After reigning for 29 years, Amaziah is assassinated and his 16 year old son, Uzziah, becomes King in his place. Uzziah, at such a young age, begins his reign with great success and promise. He has a long, uninterrupted series of military victories, he makes national improvements and he opens up new commercial trade opportunities for the nation he leads. But he doesn’t stop there.
Uzziah designs new war machines (historians believe they were catapults that could hurl arrows and large rocks at opposing armies with greater force and accuracy than ever before). He fortifies strategic cities. He oversees vast enterprises of livestock and farming systems. He digs cisterns that provide his people with water. He enjoys vast, productive vineyards. Uzziah is a King noted for his diverse interests and unusual intelligence.
How did a young King named Uzziah accomplish so much?
Here it is in a nutshell: God helped him. (2 Chronicles 26:7)
A few verses later in 2 Chronicles 26, verse 15, it says that Uzziah was marvelously helped by God.
Uzziah discovered the secret of his success . . . God.
2 Chronicles 26:5 says, Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. And as long as the king sought the LORD, God gave him success.
And now the best part.
2 Chronicles 16:11 says, For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
This is not just an Old Testament principle! This is a principle for all of us today!
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus promises, God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
And in Hebrews 11:6 the Apostle Paul writes, God rewards those who sincerely seek Him.
Friends, discover the “secret of your success” and everything else will fall into place.
It’s amazing, really!
The History Channel has been running a 2 hr. program called “Battles of the Bible”. Basically, it has historians taking a look at the military strategies that the Israelites used over their enemies. It’s really interesting. They also use the Scriptures to describe what was going on between man and God’s instructions for those battles.
For example, God instructed Deborah to take the 10,000 men from Naphtali and Zebulun to Mt. Tabor, and He said He would lead Sisera to the Kishon River, and Jabin’s army would be delivered unto Israel: God put Israel up on the mountain…a height advantage of fighting downhill. He put the Philistines at the Kishon River (at that season the valley would have been muddy and the chariots couldn’t get through). So, Israel is only fighting a light infantry division. Not only that, but God prompted Barak to volunteer, and he was a double agent. Inevitable success – completely brilliant! That’s got God written all over it.
(And in WWII, Allied Forces also used almost this exact same defense against the Germans in a few places. Some commanding officers would even scan their Bibles for battle tips).