During the time when a young David was on the run from King Saul he found himself in quite a quandary. David had become very close to Jonathan, Saul’s son, and made a covenant with him and promised to show kindness to his future lineage. Meanwhile Saul was seeking to kill David and rid himself of this promised successor.
While David was on the run for his life he found himself with Ahimelech the priest of Nob. Ahimelech gave David some of the consecrated bread to eat and Goliath’s sword. David left Nob and went to Achish, king of Gath, seeking refuge. King Achish’s servants recognized David and alerted him. David filled with fear hatched a plan to act crazy. So he let drool run down his beard and started scribbling on a door. The King responded by saying, “Behold, you see the man behaving as a madman. Why do you bring him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house?” Needless to say the king wasn’t impressed with David, so David had to move on.
David ended up moving into a cave in a place called Adullam. While he was there all sorts of rabble came to see him. “Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them.” In other words David became a magnet for all who were in need.
It seems as though we all have those times in our lives when we can’t fix ourselves or our problems. Haven’t we all had thoughts like, “I could just kill them?” or is it just me? Here David feared for his life because of Saul, but there was absolutely nothing he could do about it. I suppose he could have killed him. He had killed Goliath and won the hearts of the people. I guess technically he could have killed him and the people might have even backed him. The problem was the Spirit of God within David wouldn’t let him. David’s greatest adversary just wasn’t going away. Saul tracked him everywhere he went determined to annihilate him. What was David’s other option? He could act insane in order to find safety. That didn’t work either and he found himself the leader of a band of ne’er do well’s. Isn’t this just like us? We find ourselves in a tight spot and we can’t just do away with the problem so we run for cover. While David ran for cover in the cave of Adullam; I ran for cover in the cave of addiction. While that path may bring temporary relief it absolutely cannot solve the problem.
Let’s look at the solution God provides David, and all of us, if we could just see it. David, while trying to run away from Saul, found his self ministering to others. That’s it! God’s way of healing us is by bringing others to us for us to minister to. God is always for the other person. He will not let us sit idly by or run for very long. If his Spirit dwells in you he is always going to be for others through you. We can get with the program or find ourselves fighting God. The great thing is we find ourselves when we lose ourselves. Isn’t this exactly what Jesus said? “If you seek to save your life you will lose it, if you lose your life for my sake and the gospel you will find it.” Even most recovery programs will tell you to get involved serving in some capacity. Once I became sober, I didn’t need anyone to tell me this, because I wanted to help others with addictions and other sinful patterns in their lives. So the answer isn’t assassination or insanity is it? The answer for our healing is found in us giving of ourselves for others.
1 Samuel Chapters 20-22
Written by Louie