James 4:10 says, Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. And Proverbs 21:1 complements this scripture by adding, The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it withersoever He will.
I don't know about you, but I take great delight in these scriptures. For they reassure me that my heavenly Father's got me covered.
In other words, if I'm in a situation where I'm being dealt with unfairly or unjustly by someone else in authority (like a mean supervisor, an unjust judge in the judicial system or any other example that comes to mind), my Father, God, steps in and gives me favor with the very one (in authority) who's intention was to put me down.
What the Lord wants you to know, child of God, is if you've been believing Him for a promotion on your job, do a reassessment of your own character. Make certain that there isn't anything in you, such as a bitter heart --- a heart of unforgiveness or strife --- that would hinder God's move in your life regarding the area of promotion.
So, you seek to be promoted on the job? You desire to be a supervisor, someone in upper management? Are you a good follower? In other words, can your supervisor depend on you? When your supervisor makes a move that you don't particularly agree with, how do you respond to that move?
The way you answer these questions is a reflection of what's in your heart.
That's what the Lord, Himself, is looking at. Matthew 12:34 says, " ... for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." When God has examined your heart and found Himself reflected in it, no one can deny you that promotion.
Again, this principle of humility, when worked in any area of your life, produces in your life favor with God and with man.
I pray that this column has blessed you today.
Donald Lee is founder and pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center, a nondenominational church in Dallas that holds service at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the Residence Center at Arborstone Apartments, 6500 S. Cockrell Hill Road. You can also be a part of Kingdom Living Christian Center's Sunday worship service by calling, at 10 a.m. CST, toll-free (712) 432-3900 (conference code: 279498).
Donations to support the work of the ministry may be sent to Kingdom Living Christian Center at P.O. Box 211186, Dallas, TX 75211-4303. Pastor Lee can also be reached by calling (225) 773-2248 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.