1 Samuel 22:1-3
In the continuation of our series TRAPPED, we are going to look at the story of a young man named David. David was anointed as a teenager to be king. He did great things for the people of Israel including killing the great Philistine enemy Goliath. David was loyal to the king (even though the king was jealous of David’s success.)
1 Sam 18:6-9
When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from the towns of Israel to meet king Saul with singing and dancing with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. “They have credited David with tens of thousands” he thought. “But me with only thousands” What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on, Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
Two Traps and a cave
Saul was trapped in his jealousy against David, and David was trapped in the anger of the king.
The trap of jealousy finally gave birth to hatred and Saul’s heart was captivated by evil.
Saul was so afraid of David that he made his mind to kill him. He set him up against the Philistines with a bait to marry his daughter Michal if David delivered 100 foreskins of the Philistines, but David delivered 200 hundred. This made Saul angrier and he purposed to kill David even though David was now his son-in-law and a close friend to his son Jonathan. Eventually David fled to the caves.
1 Samuel 22:1-5
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” 4 So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
5 But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So, David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
David was an anointed king. Kings live in palaces eating good food and not in forests and caves eating berries. They are supposed to be surrounded by loyalty, guards and servants and not by roaches’, bats and biting cold. Surely this could not be the life that God intended for David when Samuel anointed him to be king over Israel.
- The fact that you are going through a hard time, does not mean that God has abandoned you. Jesus said “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head.” Mathew 8:20; The cost of following Jesus may be that at times we shall not always be comfortable. Many times, it has a great cost and sacrifice. If our Lord suffered, we should expect to suffer as well. The only difference is that we are sure that He has redeemed us and our suffering is temporal.
- The fact that you lost a job or a business, does not mean that God does not care. Rom 8:28 “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is able to turn any circumstance for the long-range good of our life. If we know Christ, we should have a new mindset that does not put hope in life’s treasures, but our security is in the promises of God.
- The fact that you made a deliberate choice to leave a job, a business or a relationship that is not God honoring does not make you a fool. “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But His delight is in the law of the lord, and on the law, he meditates day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2
David was on the run but that did not take away his anointing; David was on the run, but he was still the king in waiting at God’s appointed time. But he had one great value that we need today, PATIENCE.
Are you in a cave today hiding from your adversaries? Are you on the run and have found no peace?
Caves are good classrooms in the school of faith and prayer.
Instead of mourning and complaining that you are trapped in your situation, how about a positive attitude and taking this as an opportunity to grow as you await your promotion. David had many opportunities to kill Saul, but he did not, he waited for God’s timing.
Do not rush into an immature promotion, God has already anointed you for great things, but He must train you and grow you to handle what is coming because It is great, it is big!
There is a great lesson I want us to learn today. Never despise the cave that you are in. It is a great foundation of the great kingdom that you will be in-charge of when God finally releases you from the snare, you’re in. In the cave, David learnt how to persevere and overcome temptation.
1 Sam 24:3 After Saul came from pursuing the Philistines, he was told that David was in the desert of En Gedi. He took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and set out to hunt for David. “He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were deep in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when He said to you, I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.” Then David crept unnoticed and cutoff a corner of Saul’s robe.
David overcame the temptation in the cave to kill Saul, but he failed to overcome the temptation to kill Uriah and take his wife Bathsheba in the palace. Don’t think that when God promotes you is when you will be faithful to Him. Do it now and keep the faith. We know that David repented later in 2 Sam 12 :13 but it cost him his son.
- Be Patient: It is not over yet. All the odds were against David. He was only armed with 400 men who were the nobodies that followed him. “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader.” He was ok to train the lowest of lowest, but later they won many battles. Never despise humble beginnings. God will build a great army out of them.
- Keep on living: Your situation may appear like your permanent reality. Your situation appears to be getting worse. The hope of things improving seems to be fading. Hang-on there, don’t throw-in the towel, it is darkest before dawn. God’s word is true, He is the truth. His character and His nature remains and never changes.
- Remember God: Instead of concentrating on the situation, start focusing on the sovereignty of God. He holds the key to your situation. He is the only one who can set you free. If God could not back His word, He would not have spoken it. He calls you blessed; He is the author and finisher of your faith; He will not leave you. He holds they key of life and death, He created you and holds you in the palm of His hand.
- Remember the promise: David had been anointed as king. God’s timing may not have matured yet, but that did not mean that He had gone back on His promise. He is a promise keeper. He is the same yesterday today and forever. His promise over your life will come to fruition. He told Moses, I am the Lord I change not.. Every thought, every promise He made about you before the foundation of the earth, before time began-must come to pass. Because He is God and He cannot tell a lie.
David wrote Psalm 57 from the cave; you can write your story from your cave during your tough times.
When you feel TRAPPED and alone, with no way of escape, cry out to God and believe in Him and He will set you free.
Today the strain of being hated and hunted is almost too much; your faith has been stretched to the full, but faith is undefeated and in the final word it is joined by hope.
Finally, friends we get anxious about time. Philippians 4:6-7 He says, “Be anxious of nothing; but in everything through prayer and petitions make your requests known to God”. Time is a little space for us humans. God works with eternity. Let’s not be worried about the occasion and convenience, let’s submit to God and keep the faith. Heb 11:6 Without faith we cannot please God. God is saying in your situation. “Look up to me”
Next Sunday we shall learn how to cry out to God in our troubled times while keeping faith and hope using Psalm 57