Today, I’m writing to encourage those who feel they have gone to a lower station in life. I’m writing to those who feel their lives are spinning out of control and going nowhere. Maybe today you are undergoing one of God’s demotions. Maybe you’re in a dungeon right now, wondering where God is in your life.
It’s one thing to be demoted at your job… by your boss or superiors, but it’s quite another to be brought down and demoted by God. It can be quite disheartening.
Through examining the life of Joseph, I want to encourage you by showing you that God’s demotions serve a higher purpose for us.
His demotions are for a season of testing and equipping.
For most of us, it’s hard to associate ‘Jesus’ and ‘Tough’ in the same sentence. Of course he was a Carpenter (physical labor anyone?) who chased the vendors from the Temple with the aid of a whip (yes, really), but in spite of this, we still perceive him as a mild-mannered, kinda hippie-looking, kind-to-children, soft-spoken teacher who is best known for turning the other cheek and teaching us to love one another.