Devotional

When the King Dies

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)

Religion causes us to glory in our denomination, our doctrine, our pastor. It gets us excited about our church, and gives us visions of what’s in store for us if we “hang tight.” It tells us to jump on board and stay with the pastor’s vision. But fidelity to a man or movement will never substitute for personal loyalty and obedience to our own vision of God.

Being excited about your church doesn’t necessarily mean you are excited about your relationship with God. Many a hell-bent religionist is an ardent advocate for their clique. The more people talk up their group, the less focus they give to Christ. Christ never intended for the church to point to the church. He has been lifted up and all men are to be drawn to Him.

Sometimes, King Uzziah has to die before you can see the Lord and receive His commission for your life.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.