It isn’t that you’re not qualified or possess the smarts and skills, the problem my friend is that there are others in position to assist and help you but perceive you as a threat or just love the idea of making life hard for you.
I am here to inform someone this morning that God has decided to “MAGNIFY” you in the midst of those that have rejected you. I want to make this clear! God is not about to change you! Instead he will change the perception of others towards you that will access the favor,, opportunities, blessings and the like that has been withheld from you.
To magnify is to make something appear much bigger than it actually is. It is also defined as exaggerating the appearance of something or someone. When something that can not be seen by the human eye is placed under a microscope, the microscope magnifies its size. So the reality is, absolutely nothing was done to whatever was placed under the microscope, instead the microscope lens amplified the appearance of whatever it was magnifying……… My God!
GOD WILL INDEED MAGNIFY HIS PEOPLE!
Just before I proceed any further with this biblical insight, I must make clear that when God promotes, give favor, advances, or elevate you he initiates it by changing the perception of those around you. The lessons which were via your trouble and challenges were making the necessary changes in you. However I am sure you’ll agree that no matter how much you’ve changed some folks refuse to accept the fact that you’ve changed, and will continue to label or categorize you as to who you use to be. Therefore, if it were left up to those around you who refuse to accept your change you’ll never advance. So, it is necessary for God to change their perception of you to accommodate the change in you.
Joshua, who was the minister of Moses was about to take on one of the greatest challenges of his life. That challenge was taking over as the leader of the children of Israel following Moses’ death. Now, least we forget this was not an easy task, simply because Moses was the greatest leader they ever knew. Aside from leading them out of Egyptian bondage, the many miracles that were performed by God through him and to top it off he brought them out of slavery by breaking the back of poverty and causing them to become wealthy.
Like any good leader Moses affirms Joshua as the future leader to the children of Israel. “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of Israel, be strong and of good courage.” Moses added by saying, “The Lord will go before thee, he will not fail thee nor forsake thee, fear not neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8). In reading this I was compel to ask myself, why would Moses say this to him be strong and of good courage? I am convinced Moses knew the difficult times Joshua would have faced leading an estimated three million people who revered Moses.
In Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Joshua 1:6,7,9 Moses and God had repeatedly said to Joshua: a) Be strong b) Be of good courage c) Fear not and d) Be not dismayed. Again seeing that Joshua is now the leader, why are these four statements being rehearsed into his hearing?
It is almost as if they knew something Joshua did not know. The truth is they both knew that the children of Israel would automatically compare Joshua to Moses and conclude that Joshua was inferior to Moses and not capable of leading them like Moses did.
So, even though Joshua was qualified for the job the children of Israel perception needed to be amended to remove this comparison issue. Right now you are qualified for that promotion on your job, or you’ve changed your life and decided to live for God, but somehow folks don’t accept your new status because you are still the same old you in their sight. Therefore God will have to do for you what he’s about to do for Joshua.
“And the Lord said to Joshua, this day will I begin to “MAGNIFY” thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. The word, magnify means: to make someone or something appear larger than it is as with a lens or microscope.
The revelation here is simply this, God changed absolutely nothing about Joshua. God did not change his height, strength, weight etc., but instead the bible said that God made Joshua appear larger than he was in the sight of Israel. The only thing that was changed was Israel’s perception of Joshua who was already qualified for what God had called him to do……wow!
My beloved readers, you’ve been ridicule, talked about, used, skipped over for promotion, degraded and laughed at. To add insult to injury it has been trouble after trouble, disappointment, setbacks and not to mention hindrances. However this year God has decided that you’ve qualified to go forward, but he has to change the perception of your haters and oppressors. All of the challenges were in an effort to change you. Now that, that leg of the process is completed GOD WILL NOW MAGNIFY YOU IN THIS YEAR!
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing