What Does a Spiritual Promotion Look Like

My toddler is playing David and Goliath with her hippo and a tiny teddy, and it doesn’t quite look like what we imagine, but then neither does our spiritual promotion always.

What is a spiritual promotion?  How can we know that we are moving forward in this journey called life when everything looks backward?

So often we are hidden, the promotion itself almost is hidden.

David was hidden, yet faithful, praising God, practicing that skill with his sling and stone, the skill was his livelihood.

Did he think God would use it to move Him into the spotlight? A huge spiritual promotion, and yet when it was all said and done, Goliath dead on the ground, Israelites cheering, married to Michal; jealousy. Did it look like a promotion then?

Yet, the promotion came each and every time as he honoured the authority. He honoured and came before the king amidst jeering brothers, not offended because of their naysaying.   Yet, the man was brutally honest in his prayers too, a perfect example of balancing honour with honesty; a huge lesson we learned this past year. 

Spiritual Promotion and Destiny


It was a promotion, fraught with negativity and naysayers.

Then the promotion led to jealousy from the King, but David had a promise. To receive it he remained HIDDEN in God; keeping the right attitude, and even once life was looking up, and he was King.   It was true repentance that kept his soul from hell.

Did it look a promotion to Joseph when his brothers threw him in the well?  When Potiphar’s wife got him thrown in jail?

So often I see God using one person’s hardship to save many others.  We only have to look at Jesus as the ultimate example.  The cross would have seemed the most opposite to a spiritual promotion that you could get.

Yet it’s so hard when you are that one person, or watching that one person.   It’s this stuff that defines character.

This Kingdom is upside down. The first is last, the last is first, the least is the greatest.

We too are HIDDEN in God, whether our lives are on show or physically hidden. Your prayers are not and your attitude is plain to God, it cannot remain hidden.



Our prayers are the foundation of our lives, and yet so often we don’t know what to pray.  I pray in the Spirit often, and it has revolutionised my prayer time, but I also pray the Word of God cause we know it doesn’t return to Him void.

  1. Isaiah 55:11 11so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

    My friend Kaylene Yoder, has written 3 books for husbands, wives and parents to pray specific Scripture over their lives and it’s so potent; claiming God’s own promises.

    Recently I found 6 powerful prayers in the New Testament for personal and profound growth.  I’m praying God’s Word over my life, laying a foundation for this year and years to come, and I invite you to do the same.  I’ll send you one each week for 6 weeks, and I’d love to hear the difference it makes as we begin to truly grasp the deep spiritual principles in God’s Word.




About Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Ainsworth, a wife and mother in QLD Australia who shares her ponderings of faith at Where Deep Calls to Deep

2 thoughts on “What Does a Spiritual Promotion Look Like

  1. Lizzy – I am so very grateful you stopped by earlier in the week to leave a comment on my bog. I so have enjoyed reading your posts and scrolling through your archives. You have such a way with words – thank you for sharing your gift. Blessings to you my new friend and I hope to see you again soon. I love that you are talking about the whole person – spirit – soul – and body – that is such an important things for believers to understand.

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