The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up. The LORD makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts. – 1 Samuel 2:6-7
Preparation always precedes promotion. Whom God loves He chastises to make better and whom He promotes He prepares to make wiser.
If we don’t understand the ways of God, we will be discouraged by His ways of preparation. God never promotes without first preparing.
He prepares us for leadership by the very things we will face in leadership – failure, loss, ridicule, opposition, betrayal, defeat, humiliation, brokenness, lack, distress, loneliness, and despair.
He knows if we faint now, we will falter then. Leadership is tough but preparation is tougher. It has to be.
The height of our promotion is always determined by the depth of our preparation. The harder the preparation, the higher the promotion.
If you trust Him now, you will thank Him later.
Published on Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 1:22 PM CDT