Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
Many times, The Lord could not use some people, becauae of their garment of academic pride which they have failed to pull off and be usable and bendable. Joseph was humbled, he was thrown into a dry pit before he could be sold as a slave to those people who would help him get to his land of purpose.
But some people would not part away with the pride of their family status. This is what has influence the marital choice of some brothers and sisters. They would not get married to anyone below their status. They would never believe The Lord could lead them to say “Yes” to the proposal of a brother who is so low to their status. They want to rule in Egypt, but never wanted to be stripped off their garment of academic, professional, and social pride that would allow them to move to the next phase of their calling.
Before The Lord could begin to communicate with Saul the persecutioner, he had to be thrown off the back of his high horse and made blind so that a young lad led him to Damascus. Next, he was so humbled that he had to be made to take refuge in the house of one of those he was going to arrest. He was stripped naked of his coat of many colors before he could move on to the next phase of his ministerial destination.
Next, his garment of comfort was stripped off him for him to move forward. He has become comfortable as chief of househelps in Portiphar’s house, but that was not his destination. He had to be moved forward. Every sacrifice you make to keep your faith and every step you take to refuse to compromise your faith is an act of stripping yourself of your Garment of Comfort. The demotion and degrading that followed your refusal to join your senior staff in perpetrating fraud, is an act of stripping off your Garment of Comfort. Every demotion and degrading you face move you closer to the throne of your rulling.
I encourage you to keep moving towards your throne. Keep putting off yourself every garment of Pride and coat of Comforts. Every refusal to compromise that brings you into trouble, has only put you in the dungeon that is getting you closer to the Palace. The Lord looks at the proud afar off, but gives grace to the humble.
He does a lot of things to us to remove our pride, so that we could be entitled to His grace which we desperately need.
May The Lord bless you richly as you allow Him to strip you naked so that He could cloth you with His garment of Grace.