Text: “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.” – Psalm 12:5.
Comment: It is distressing to note that promotion has lost its significance among very many people. In some institutions and departments, the workers themselves know that their promotion will not depend on industry, diligence or efficiency but on the considerations of tribe, blood relationship, obstructive influence or how much one can corruptly offer to please the bosses. The story is told of a certain young man who had served in his company for a considerable length of time and proved to be efficient. When it was time for promotion, this man who was in all respects best qualified for the senior post was left out and another man was promoted. During the promotion interview, the young man was told by the Chairman of the Board that there was no adverse report against him and that his work was excellent but it was the wish of the Board that he should wait the next opportunity. Since God’s time is the best, he had the understanding and faith to wait on Him.
Consequent upon circumstances allowed by God, the corrupt management board was ousted; a new board came on board to reorganize the company, and the young man was promoted much higher than all his colleagues earlier promoted through corruption. For many years thereafter, the young man enjoyed the benefits of his hardwork and made the most of his promotion to the glory of God. Indeed, God set him “in safety from him that puffeth at him.” – Psalm 12:5; Ecclesiastes 5:8