“When you ask God to elevate you… you are asking Him to “cut” out the parts of you that hinder that elevation.
In essence God will stop giving you grace in areas you need to grow in…discipline allows you to feel the weight of your errors. He has to conform you into Him, and that process hurts sometimes”
watch how you react in uncomfortable settings or when uncomfortable subjects are brought up…do you get defensive, offended, do you deflect or flee…your reactions to challenging moments and subjects speaks to your maturity and willingness to grow or your immaturity and fear of growth
Your hard work and preparation was prudent and often pays off, however you would be wise to remember that all increase comes from above.
It is God who made your hope whole
Your faith was made real by the All Mighty not your talent, and hard work alone.