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Success Brings Conflict

We get a promotion, and then suddenly we encounter opposition. “God, what’s the problem?” we wonder.

There’s no problem. It’s an opportunity.

David had ruled for over seven years in Hebron. After the death of Ishbosheth, son of Saul, the tribes of Israel came to ask him to be king. They made a covenant together and anointed him ruler over all Israel. Shortly after that, the Philistines heard the news and gathered their armies in force to hunt him down and kill him.

David did two things of note: he went down to the stronghold, and he inquired of God for direction. The first part is important because he strengthened his position against the enemy. Militarily, it did not make good sense to be in places of weakness. The second step was crucial because, without God’s blessing and direction, we will so often lose.

In this case, God told David clearly: “Go up, for I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.” David had a sure Word from God that he was going to have victory. That’s the best way to approach any conflict: with God on your side.

So when your promotion comes, expect the conflict. God promotes people so that He can use them to see victories.


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