Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Humiliation Can Be Useful

“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops." Matthew 10:27

There can be no one person that has suffered more humiliation by his own family than Joseph in the book of Genesis. His brothers were jealous of him and sold him into slavery. He was falsely accused by Potiphars wife and jailed. His life had many humiliating events that took place. I look at Joseph's life and consider myself fortunate to not have suffered as much as he has by his own flesh and blood. Yet, he always trusted in what God was doing in his life and declared God's goodness!

When I am in the middle of the conflict, I don't just feel abandoned by the one who has abandoned me in my life, I feel like God left me too. At those moments in life I begin to seek God completely. I know that He is the only one that can heal the pain inflicted by others. I also know that He allowed it for His greater good and His glory and I need His strength in order to continue moving forward in my own life. These are the times I feel like giving up the most but it is at these moments that God wants to do something that benefits Him and His Kingdom. Everything isn't about us but instead about Him ~ so when we find ourselves in those humiliating circumstances remember God allowed it for "His" purpose according to Romans 8:28 "Everything works together for those who love God for those who are called according to His purpose." 

Humiliation may not be a comfortable place but it can end up being a very "Holy" place in our relationship with Christ.

"We are devastated but not destroyed. God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble." Psalm 46:1 

 This picture was taken March 2013 while visiting St. Augustine, Florida.