Are You Ready for Graduation
Are you ready for graduation? It's that time of the year when the schools graduate their students. I know that many will do this in the month of May, but here in California June is the graduation month.
I remember when my daughters graduated, it is exciting to see the young woman they had grown into.
Both of my daughters upon graduation made the decision to enroll in a ministry internship that prepared them for the life they wanted to follow.
Graduation is a promotion from one set of life conditions to another. I remember when I graduated many years ago. Life took on a whole new perspective.
What about you? Are you ready to graduate? Did you know that God has provisions for graduation for you? No, I am not referring to your departing this world and going to heaven, but God wants to continually graduate you here on this earth.
In Psalms 75:6-7 we find a very interesting passage of scripture:
For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.
In this scripture we find a very important aspect of the heart of God towards His children. He wants to promote (or graduate) us to new levels. He wants to increase us and cause us to live in greater realms of life. This is consistent with Jesus' Words found in John 10:10 where He said that He had come that we might have life more abundant.
Stop and think about this for a moment. If God wants to promote us, then why do so few find this promotion? My initial response is, "Rock on Lord promote me all you want." But it doesn't quite seem to work that way.
You see, several times in the Bible God states that there are no God's other than Him, that He is a jealous God, and that He wants to demonstrate His power through us. Therefore, when we apply this characteristic of God to the thought of being promoted it is not difficult to see that in this promotion God wants to be the promoter and to be glorified in the promotion.
Let me give you an example of what typically happens. Let's say God is going to promote you by giving you an idea for a business that will be very profitable. So, evening while you are asleep you wake up in the middle of the night with this awesome idea. You know it is God. You see how it will work. You are so excited that you can hardly sleep the rest of the night. The next morning you wake up and tell your spouse what the Lord has showed you. Both of you give thanks and believe this is an idea straight from heaven. Now what happens?
For most they will take off trying to find financing to get the idea rolling, start figuring out how they can get the idea in motion, and figure they need to find the location where this new idea will be given birth. But let's stop and think for a moment.
If God wants to promote us, if God wants the glory, and if the idea is God's then why do we shift gears and think that we have to now bring it into being.
What if we just receive it from the Lord? What if we just thank Him and tell Him that we will be obedient to every door that He opens. What if we give Him credit as being God and allow Him to give birth to this new idea?
You see, too often we try to bring the promotion from our strength and as soon as we take the reigns the Lord backs off and allows us to do it in our own strength.
If God gave the idea, then He knows where the money is that will fund it, He knows what building you need, He has the full plan. Promotion comes from the Lord and if we allow God to promote us and just walk faithful to His leading He will bring into the promotion without the stress that most people live under.
What makes this difficult? We want to do everything NOW! Hebrews 6:12 tells us that it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God.
Learn to let God be God in your life and He will graduate you in ways you never even thought possible.