Divine Promotion - Sunday April 5, 2015
Memorise: For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. - Psalm 75:6-7
Read: Psalm 105:16-22 (KJV)
16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.
Bible in One Year: Zechariah 5:5-8:23, Mathew 14:13-36
Many people work hard and have nothing to show for it, while some others work, very little and succeed. When God is on your side, you will succeed. In Genesis 39:1-5, the Bible tells us about the experience of Joseph in Potiphar’s house: whatever he touched prospered because God was with him. If God is with you, no matter where you are operating or what you are doing, you will always succeed. Our God is good and gracious. He does many things to prove His divine power, and no one can question His decisions. This is why He is the sovereign God. It doesn’t matter how deep the valley you are in is, if God says He is going to do a new thing in your life, He can pick you up from that valley and set you on top. He can take you from absolute darkness to light (John 9:1-7).
Never write yourself off in life. There is a silver lining in the cloud of your destiny. The good things of life can still come to you no matter what your present situation is. Learn on the everlasting arms of God and you will never be disappointed. No matter the opposition of the enemies, the plan and purpose of God will come to pass. Nobody can abase the one whom God has decided to promote. God can make you grow daily in knowledge, understanding and in wisdom. Daniel’s promotion took the form of a meteoric rise to stardom. He was able to make progress in a strange land and the Lord blessed the labour of his hands. Throughout Daniel’s life, he moved from one level of promotion to the other. He was so relevant in the scheme of things that he served under several different governments, and under every dispensation, he was always a point of reference.
One key lesson that stands out clearly in the life of Daniel is seen in the decision he made unto the Lord (Daniel 1:8). His action shows us that men who have strong convictions, unalloyed loyalty and real dedication to the Almighty are able to achieve exploits. The will of God stands out clearly in the lives of those who desire exploits. Your heart must be fixed upon the Lord and on doing His will at all times, wherever you find yourself. Divine promotion will not come to those who want to use it for self-aggrandizement. You must be willing to use every promotion God brings you way for His glory. Once your motives align with God’s purpose, you will always be blessed and promoted by Him. The righteous stand of Daniel moved God to promote him divinely. You can also become great if you stay close to the Almighty, who is the source of all true greatness.
Action Point: Align your motives with God’s will today, and you will experience divine promotion.