Joshua 3: 7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, it’s true. As Christians it is natural to defer honor and glory to God. In fact, this is how we should be living. We should give honor to Him with our lives. We should seek to direct all the attention towards Him. And while this type of mentality is good, we need to realize this: sometimes God promotes you.
Here in Joshua 3:7, the Lord says to Joshua: I will exalt you. He tells him that He wants the people to know that Joshua was the new main guy. He was the new head cheese, so to speak. And the words that God uses are uncharacteristic of the humble Christian way. He doesn’t say anything here about Joshua giving God glory. He doesn’t instruct Him at this juncture to turn all eyes upon God. He doesn’t tell Him to make sure that God alone is exalted. No, the Lord tells him – I want to exalt you, Joshua.
This is a peculiar thought to me. I look at my ministry calling, as a pastor, humbly. I fully recognize that the work that God is doing is, well… the work that God is doing. It isn’t about me. I shy away from the spotlight or the compliments. I want to avoid pride like a kid avoids spinach. But this passage today has left me thinking. While the success of the ministry is entirely dependent upon the anointing of the Holy Spirit, I might need to look at the fact that God chose me. As I see in Joshua 3 today, sometimes God promotes you. Sometimes He chooses to lift us up. He does it because He wants people to see that He is with us. This isn’t something that we should resist or avoid. Rather I should recognize when it is Him (not others) lifting me up and thank Him for it. He must know what He is doing, so my role is to go along with His plan.