Text: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” – 1 Peter 5:6.
Comment: Although the Bible clearly endorses hard work and proper recognition, its strategy for achieving promotion is in stark contrast to the underhand tactics employed by many. For in God’s wisdom, the way to promotion is through humility. Moses was called the meekest man on earth, yet he was the leader of about two million Israelites. Solomon declared that he was nothing more than a little child, but God granted him unexcelled wisdom and riches. Jeremiah said he was just a youth when it came to spiritual things, but God appointed him the mighty prophet to Judah. In each case, genuine humility was the pre-requisites for greatness. David is an intriguing scriptural example of God’s principle of promotion. Although he was earlier anointed to replace Saul as King, his first response was not to revolt against Saul’s authority. Even when Saul’s men recruited him to be the king’s court musician, he did not see this as an opportunity to grab power: he simply ministered humbly and loyally in his vocation as a musician. Even as an appointed head of Saul’s army, he still continued faithfully in his servant role. He knew God will exalt him at the right time in his own way. “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2) David was promoted in due time – Luke 1:52.