9th, December 2016
Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. 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.
Oftentimes people are at loss as to how to get promoted in their place of work. Some have concluded that they can only be promoted if they know someone at the top hierarchy of the company. Some have been counting on getting promoted based on their years of service and have repeatedly seen those with fewer years of service getting promoted.
The scripture makes it clear that promotion does not depend on these things. It is not about how long we have been at our place of work or who we know or don’t know. It has nothing to do with strategic positioning, the influence of those in our social circle or the strength of our network. These things may be of some value, but when it comes to what matters, it is of no importance. Many examples in the Bible abounds of men who, by all human standards, shouldn’t have risen to power but did. We have the example of Joseph, a slave in a foreign land who was called out of prison to be the second-in-command in Egypt. David, is another man who, despite the hatred and plot of his successor, rose from being a lowly shepherd to a king. Isaac, as though he had not arrived in Gerar with little substance, became richer than the combined wealth of a nation, despite the famine in the land. Time would not permit us to speak of Moses; who moved from being a wanted murderer to the leader of a nation, Jacob; who went to Laban with just his stave and returned with a family and great wealth, Peter; who moved from being an unknown fisher-man to being a spiritual authority more revered than the Pharisees and Sadducees (the spiritual leaders of that time), etc.
Another look at our passage of focus would remind us that irrespective of the policies of our work places, the existence of favouritism and/or corruption; promotion comes from the Father. If that then is the case (and it is), then it is wisdom to know His criteria for promotion and align accordingly if we desire to be promoted.
Now, knowing that our loving Father oversees all promotions and exaltations is sweet music to our ears, especially since we are His children to whom He has promised to never withhold any good thing from; For the Lord God is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly (Psalm 84: 11). However, the Father is a just God and He rewards His servants based on their output. Thus, this means that promotion is about meeting the Father’s criteria for promotion. Praise be to our Father that He didn’t leave us to guess what these criteria are. He has graciously and lovingly stated them in the scriptures and has empowered us with the grace to meet His criteria if we are so willing. Some of these criteria we have seen in the devotionals prior to this one and we shall yet be seeing much more in the days to come.
Nevertheless, before desiring a promotion or aligning ourselves for promotion, there is one vital thing that makes the whole quest meaningful; and that is the purpose for desiring a promotion. Is it a question of seeking more power, a better pay check and respect? Or is it about the platform to reach more lives and make greater impact. Promotion is not something we seek or make our focus for working. If we work in accordance to the rules of the Kingdom we are bound to stand out, be distinguished or get promoted. It is only a matter of time!!!
Father, it is a great joy to know You oversee all promotions. Thank You for marking me for promotion, sharing with me Your criteria for promotion and empowering me with the grace to meet Your work standards. I choose to patiently work with You as we move from glory to glory, impacting lives and changing the world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Samuel 2: He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68