The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
Whenever God brings a saint to a very lowly state, it is to accomplish something only that condition can do. Job’s trials allowed him to learn things about God, himself and his friends that we all need to know as well. He assumed things about God that he had to recant: “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3).
God reveals things in the dark places of our circumstances that will be used to reveal something He wants you and others to know. He has sent you ahead to learn these things so that you and others will benefit from your unique experience.
God views this place of humility, where you receive these truths, as a high position. The world views it as a place to be despised. Joseph was led to this high position:
He called down a famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; and he sent a man before them—Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true (Psalms 105:16-19).
It was here, as a 30-year-old, that Joseph was prepared to be the most powerful man in the world. He learned many things about God during his captivity that he used later as a ruler over a nation.
If you find yourself in a lowly state, realize that God considers your lowly state to be a high position. He is using adversity in your life as preparation for revealing deep things that He desires you to learn from the dark places.
He will use these experiences to frame your life for the message He has for you to share with others.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.

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