Grace takes many forms and is not always immediately recognizable. Yet what sometimes appears to be God’s harsh judgment often turns out to be one of His blessings in disguise. Driven from the throne to the field in order to eat like cattle, Nebuchadnezzar endured the harshest of circumstances from the hand of God. The goal of this plight, however, was to rescue the king from himself. Because the only remedy for pride is humility, the Lord was actively prodding His subject to repentance. We should expect no less today. Because life is no more than a vapor (Jas. 4:14), we should not view the temporary inconveniences that humble us as liabilities to resent. To the contrary, we can rejoice knowing that God compassionately interrupts our temporal lives in order to reward us eternally. Rather than chastise Him for every problem we face, we should first look for ways to humble ourselves before the Lord instead. What we erroneously perceive as His absence in our lives is often the greatest evidence of His activity.
What inconveniences has God used in your life to humble and sanctify you?