*TOPIC: GOD: THE ULTIMATE DETERMINER OF MAN’S PROMOTION*
*Read: Daniel 3:26-30*
*MEMORISE: _For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south_ (Psalm 75:6).*
Promotion is an attractive word everyone likes to hear. Many lay more emphasis on the issue of promotion during prayer. That is fine, but divine promotion has little to do with how prayerful you are. It is God who determines it as it seems right in His own sight and in His own time *(Eccl. 3:11; 1Pet. 5:6).* According to our memory Scripture, no one on earth, either from east or west, from north or south, can promote another person, if God does not sanction it. Line seven of the same psalm says, “But God is the judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.” It is only God who has capacity to enthrone and dethrone.
Having known that promotion comes only from God, we need to know the parameter He uses to do it, for He does not promote people at random. Whenever God has intention to promote anyone, He does the searching at the heart of the person for proper inspection. This is what He corrected Prophet Samuel for when he wanted to choose the king among the sons of Jesse with human yardstick *(1 Sam. 16:7).* Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.
One important thing among the others that God looks for when searching man’s heart, is to know how faithful the person is to Him, especially when the going is tough. We have several examples in the Bible. For instance, Joseph, the young man, proved being a faithful person right from his father’s house to Portiphas’ house down to the prison yard. Eventually, he became the second in command in the land of Egypt. What of David? He became God’s preferable King in Israel because of faithfulness he displayed in caring for his father’s sheep. God counts the way we are dealing with others. If you fail to be faithful to a man you see, definitely you cannot be faithful to God you cannot see. We also have the three Hebrew boys as our example. They were promoted in the foreign land, because of their faithfulness to God *(Dan. 3:30).* Work upon your heart and let it be right before God. Sooner than later, your own promotion will surely come *(Psalm 139:1, 23).*
*1.* Help me, Lord, to do it right and to have it right in my life, in Jesus’ name.
*2.* Teach me, Oh Lord, to do your will and to maintain my relationship with you.
*3.* Nothing whatsoever will be able to delay my promotion again, in Jesus’ name.
*EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:* Exodus 6:9 – 8:17; Matthew 17:17 – 18:11