Encouragement for your daily walk with God
The Lord was about to do some great things through Paul, but there was something of importance first. He was put on hold, waiting in Tarsus. Seems strange, doesn’t it? Not when you consider that he needed to be prepared to write a letter to the Romans. Or to confront the backsliding Corinthians. Or to mentor Timothy for a strategic ministry in Ephesus. Those, and many other things, needed the right temperament and a depth of character learned by dependence on God and others.
Later, God would put Paul in the limelight, but for now, he needed to walk humbly with his Lord. No self-promotion. No “climbing the corporate ladder.” No name dropping or whispered hints. Let God do the promotion.
If you have a ministry that needs to be up front, trust me, God will get the word out, but in His time and way. If you are needed for God’s plan, He will see that you are in precisely the right place at just the precise time. It’s His work, start to finish.
Yours may not be a ministry under a spotlight or on a big stage. God may have as your part to be a lesser-known cast member, one of those who makes the difference for someone else. So, what is your part in any of this? Humble yourself, pure and simple.
Rather than going through life according to your own understanding, thinking that you only need to climb just a few more rungs on the ladder, just be right with the Lord. Learn what the prophet Micah learned—that we need to walk humbly with our God.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6.8