One time I went to visit a relative in the city and as I was sitting alone in the living room, his young son came in and found me reading a book. He told me, “That is my dad’s book.”
“Oh, great!”, I said jovially.
He didn’t seem to think it was so jovial. He looked blankly at me and said, “Put it down, you thief!”
I am no thief and in my tribe, the least form of punishment that I would have given that boy for insulting me was instant death.
But God gave me grace and I realized exactly what was happening. I realized God was checking to see what was in my heart.
God can use anything – even a small child – to show us what is in our hearts. Whenever something negative comes into our lives, we should beware that God has allowed it in order to uproot something that He does not like in our lives.
In my case, the Lord allowed me to see the mountain of pride that was in my heart. In fact, I was so humbled by what the Lord revealed to me that I became as small as a pin in that house and especially towards that boy. And by the time I left, he and I had become best of friends.
[God can use even a small child to check your pride level. And no, this is not the boy in the story]