Preparing for opposition

June 27, 2018 by Dr. Jack Graham

And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul eyed David from that day on.

–1 Samuel 18:8-9

After we experience victory, we need to be prepared to face opposition. It’s just a fact of life. You and I need to accept that envy is going to raise its ugly head. 

For example, after David defeated Goliath, King Saul was jealous of David. His interpretation was that David’s victory equaled his loss. And as the women danced and sang in the streets celebrating David’s accomplishment, emotions of envy and jealousy rose in Saul’s heart.

As a result, God’s Spirit departed from Saul’s life and he grew increasingly disturbed and frustrated under the hand of discipline from the Lord. 

Haven’t you seen this happen? Maybe it’s even happened to you personally. You receive a blessing from God, or experience a success in some aspect of your life, and before you know it, you’re confronted with opposition, anger, or jealousy. It’s the enemy’s way.

Don’t let the opposition keep you from praising God. If you are determined to love God and live for him, you will meet this kind of opposition, sometimes even within the camp of God. 

Maintain the victory! Give God the glory and he will take care of the opposition.


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