The ‘But” of destruction
But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there. 2 Kings 15:14
Interestingly, a verse before the quoted scripture showed Uzziah, son of Amaziah, had in his mind to do what was pleasing to God as seen in 2 Kings 15:3, ‘He did what was pleasing in the lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had.’ This made God strike him with leprosy until he died.
Uzzaih did what was pleasing to God as his father had done. Unfortunately, he had a but in his life. This but brought his effort in pleasing God to nothing and irrelevance. No matter how diligent you are in serving God, one ‘but’ will render your service unacceptable. God is pleased only with those who will deny themselves in running after Him.
Is there a but or god in your life?
Until they are completely buried, it will affect your relationship with God. This ‘but’ can also destroy the years of kingdom service you have invested. God destroyed all the kings in the chapter who had worked for God but refuse to destroy the pagan shrines of worship.
Now, there are things that are counted to you as ‘but’ because you tend to exalt them higher than God. Before it destroys you, destroy it. Whatever won’t glorify God is against God. Whoever is with that thing shows to who his allegiance lies.
Father in heaven, help us identify every ‘but’ in our lives and give us the grace to destroy them, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Manuel Adesola @manueladesola of @thelafamily