Today’s exhortation – His ways our not ours
It’s very important to note that although suffering comes before glory and also prepares us for it, not all who are faithful in suffering will receive glory and prosperity in this life! But, all who’ve suffered will receive glory and prosperity in the life to come. Not being glorified in this life doesn’t mean that God hasn’t seen your pain. God may promote or demote us through suffering to serve His greater purpose for His people. My point is best illustrated in the contrast in Joseph and Moses lives. Joseph began life in Canaan as a shepherd, ended up in Egypt where he was exalted and ended up caring for his people. Moses began life in Egypt in the palace of Pharaoh as a prince, but later became a shepherd looking after his father-in-law’s sheep in the desert. Yet, God used both to fulfil His purpose for His people.
Just as it was necessary for Joseph to be promoted to save his people, it was also necessary for Moses to be demoted in order to lead them out of bondage. As we all know, the Christian life is marked by suffering. “But we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17) Amen!