We were discussing King Uzziah last week in the Homebuilders’ class. 2 Chronicles 26 tells us King Uzziah was appointed king when he was only 16 years old and that he “sought the Lord” (vs. 5) for a period following his appointment. However, he eventually became unfaithful to God, leading the Lord to strike him with leprosy. Specifically, we are told that “leprosy broke out on his forehead” vs. 19. Uzziah would not be able to hide from the consequences of his unfaithfulness.
In Deuteronomy 6:4 we find what we are told is the greatest commandment, “to love God with all your heart, soul and might.” The command goes on to say that these words of the Lord should “be as frontlets between your eyes,” on your forehead. Consider the contrast between this and Uzziah’s condition. We are not to position ourselves in such a way that our faith can be ignored, only reflected, only considered when it is convenient for us. To do so will allow something detrimental to occupy the prominent space in our life where our faith belongs. To love God with the entirety of our being leaves no empty areas for unfaithfulness nor the consequences it carries to take root.