"No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another" - Psalm 75:6-7.
Today's passage states that it is God who is the source of all promotion and demotion. There is nothing wrong with planning a career, but it can become a problem when ego, conceit, or ambition take over and make it a ruthless or unrelenting pursuit of the next promotion, better office, or bigger payday. Of course, promotion is generally into leadership positions, and when leadership is sought simply as the next step on the career ladder, the pursuit often lacks a godly focus or understanding, and can easily be driven by pride. Leaders and aspiring leaders would do well to humble themselves by preparing to become leaders but trusting the process and the timetable to the ultimate Career Coach—the Lord Himself.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to examine your motives for wanting to be a leader. Is it for the money, prestige, or power, or is it born from a desire to serve and make an impact through influence and empowering others? Perhaps the best test is your reaction to times when you are overlooked for a promotion or when you may actually be demoted. Did you feel hurt and slighted, or did you thank God, trusting in His perspective and will for your life and career?