“In everything (David) did, he had great success, because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.” 1 Samuel 18:14-16.
When God is with you, He will automatically be for you resulting in obvious grace and favor in your life. When we invite Jesus Christ into our hearts, He comes in with His greatness, power, love, wisdom, and goodness. The outcome of success begins as the process and principles of success are applied.
Success attracts two kinds of people:
- Friends who are like-minded and aiming for success themselves will be drawn to you for relationship, networking, encouragement, mentorship, and mutual benefits.
- Enemies with jealousy, fear, and intimidation might attempt treachery.
Saul was jealous and intimidated by David when the purity in David showed up the poison in Saul; the strength of David showed up the weaknesses of Saul; the faith in David showed up the fear in Saul; the people’s love for David showed up the loss of favor in Saul’s life. They danced and sang, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” (1 Sam. 18:7). Jealousy destroyed Saul.
God will surely bless you and when He does, you might have those who are against you. Plan your response if this happens: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for me, who can be against me?” (Rom. 8:31). Stay with God, and outlive and outlast your enemies.
I will prosper and succeed even as my soul prospers. God is in me and with me always.
Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 123-125; 1 Corinthians 10:1-18.