He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles, and inherit a seat of honor.
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.
Men are all about achieving greatness, with celebrities as prime examples. But just when they've won their golden tickets, just when they've become puffed up like peacocks, just when they've come to believe their own hype, they've placed themselves in position to fall. Because great men of the earth become small.
God's all about achieving greatness, too, with Jesus as His chosen Example. But just when He'd lost the popular vote, just when He'd reduced Himself to a Lamb, just when He'd gone to His Cross without help, He placed Himself in position to rise. Because the meek will inherit the earth.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God sets up unlikely promotions. Who would think shepherds, farmers, tradesmen, fishermen and tax collectors would be stars? Who would choose a simple couple from a nowhere village to raise the King of kings?
Our Father, the Creator of drama, the Writer of endings rich men deny, readily reveals His Rules of greatness. If 'Humility comes before honor' (Proverbs 18:12), then poor people now hold the advantage. 'For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted' (Luke 14:11).
How better to display our Lord's glory?
'Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you,
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising' (Isaiah 60:1-3).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.