“This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel” (Joshua 3:7).
With love, God says to you as a promise "I will lift you, I will exalt you and I will glorify you." The world may try to pull you down. The world may try to belittle you, plot to spoil your name or may eagerly wait for your downfall.
But the Lord, who is a loving Father and who looks forward to the greatness of His children will exalt you. The Lord said to Joshua: "I am with you as I was with Moses" and made this known to everyone. Today, He says in the presence of others that He will magnify you.
Many years ago, I had come along with another servant of God went to Salem for preaching. He preferred to preach after I finish mine and I accepted. After my message he delivered his speech. During his message, He belittled me without any respect and offended me. He did this in front of a big group of believers and I was heartbroken. But in the end, when the people came to pray, the Lord made many miracles through me. The devils ran away. The sick were miraculously healed and were delivered.
But there was no miracle through the other servant of God. He had some problem with his throat also and was unable to pray. I realized that God was with me. Almighty pleaded my case and fought for me. Not only that. He exalted me in front of that congregation.
Today, you might be broken and crushed because others might find fault with you. But the Lord is looking forward to elevate you. As we read about Joshua, we find that God magnified Joshua before all eyes of the Israelites. As they feared Moses, they feared Joshua too, for the whole of his lifetime.
Some people want to elevate themselves with their own ideas and strength. They even go to the extent of giving money to others to make them sing their praise. Such greatness will be destroyed in due course of time. “Both riches and honour come from you and you reign over all. In your hand is power and might; in your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all” (I Chronicle (s) 29:12).
A man may elevate another. But the human nature is that a person who elevated the other on a day, might pull him down and trample on another day. But when the Lord elevates you, it is permanent, surprising and amazing.
To meditate: “Surely you shall call a nation you do not know and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you” (Isaiah 55:5).