This is the season for graduation. We've attended on consecutive weekends the graduation of our neice and nephew, one from Birmingham Southern and the other from Sewanee. That led us to thinking in terms of spiritual promotion. In the natural, there is this intense period of academic study and then graduation where you begin to apply those things you have learned.
In the spiritual, there is a parallel with the natural after an intense period of studying the Word we begin to apply what we have learned into life. Then God brings promotion. Psalms 75:6-7 says: For promotion cometh neither from the East, nor from the West, nor form the South. But God is the judge; He putteth down one, and setteth up another.
That led us to wonder just how does God decide who to promote and who to put down? That decision is in large part our choice. Psalms 106:3-5 is the key: How blessed are those who promote justice, and do what is right all the time! Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people. Oh, visit me with Your salvation, that I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones, That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, That I may glory in Your inheritance.
Who would not want to receive what He is talking about here? Even as our culture becomes more wicked and corrupt we see in this youngest generation the seeds of justice and righteousness spoken of in Psalms 106 that will lead to God's favor and deliverance from our evil ways.
One of the greatest blessings that God is referring to here is a great marriage. Those that walk in justice and righteousness will enjoy all the blessings that God has to give.