Exalting the humble!
Verse for Today: Friday, October 26, 2012
Exodus 11:3 – The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
All favors that God’s people enjoy in this world are from the Lord, because of the Lord and through the Lord. God doesn’t expect us to have any achievement outside of Him. Perhaps we are capable of securing favors of our own through our smartness, craftiness, strategies, intelligence, influence, skills and timely action. But these are from our human expertise. When we secure such achievements, they are credited to our human abilities as it is due to our ability to manipulate of our situations that we secure it all. Such achievements make us happy, but do not bring any glory to our God. But when we are humble before God, obey Him and live under His control, we bear fruit for Him even in hostile situations. Moses was in a very hostile situation, but the Lord turned it around in the minds of the servants of Pharaoh. Moreover, the people of Israel who were hated by the Egyptians also found favor in their sight because of the Lord. Thus we see that God works in mysterious ways to turn even the hostile wind in our favor. This truth ought to guide us to depend on God for receiving favors in this world and must attribute it all to His grace. It is God who lifts up His children, as in the case of David the shepherd boy who became king or the loitering Amos who became prophet. He made the fearful Gideon to become a judge and leader of Israel. He made the prisoner Joseph to become the Prime Minster of Egypt. He exalted a few fishermen to become His Apostles. All these men submitted themselves to God for Him to lift them up. Today he is looking for men and women who would submit themselves to Him so that He can use them and exalt them. Isn’t it amazing that God is willing to make our lives great spiritual influences in this world? But it will happen only if we submit ourselves to Him.
Dear reader, are you frustrated with the resentment and hatred that you face from the world around you? Does it pain your heart when you are rejected for doing the work of God and for taking a stand for Him in the society in which you live? Are you afraid that the world around will harm you if you continue to obey God rather than man? Remember how your God delivered Daniel, the three Hebrew youth, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, David and Joseph from the hands of the enemies to continue to work for Him? It is amazing how God exalted them all and made them a blessing to those around them. No matter what God makes you in order to accomplish His purpose in the world around you, it would end up in a blessing to you as long as you continue to abide in God’s presence in total obedience. He can turn the hatred and resentment around and exalt you. Sometimes the truth about your ministries and testimony would not be understood by people, but your labor of love for the Lord will not go in vain. Your duty is to follow the Lord, obey Him and walk with Him in an evil generation and God will make it a blessing to many. So let us continue to fulfill our mission and wait for God’s time to bring forth visible results for His glory. He will supply us with all the physical, emotional and spiritual energy to continue to do what pleases Him.
1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that A He may lift you up in due time.
Thought for Today
God’s exaltation of His children is a reward for humility and obedience.
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