1 So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there.
2 Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.
1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NLT)
We continue with the story of David. David was so successful in winning battles that he got famous. He became popular. Unfortunately, his success had a negative side effect. The king got jealous of him. King Saul recruited David to fight for the survival of his kingdom. Yet when David did his job well, the king saw him as a threat of his throne. At that time, David had unknowingly made another enemy. David did not only had to face enemies at the borders, he had another enemy in the capital in the form of a king.
Saul knew the he could not kill David directly without causing discontent among his people. So he plotted to kill David indirectly. He often sent David to battles in hope that David would be killed. He had even given his daughter to be David’s wife as a part of his attempt to do so.
All these while, David did not know about it. He just did his job faithfully. He counted on God to protect and prosper him. What Saul had failed to count on was David had the blessings of God on him. No matter what sort of impossible situation Saul created for David, the Lord always delivered David and gave him victory. As a result, Saul’s evil schemes had backfired. By overcoming the seemingly impossible situations Saul had created for him, David’s reputation grew. The admiration on him had grown tremendously. David was like a pop star to the people of Israel. Saul became even more fearful and insecure.
At last, Saul had decided to drop all pretence and sent his men to kill David directly. Maybe he was thinking that a unpopular king is still a king. It was better to remove this thorn of the flesh once for all. However, his own son and daughter help David to escape. David ran away. He lost everything he had. He had his first setback after he became a legend. Life seemed to be so unfair.
I believe many of us could have similar experience. For example, you have worked hard for so many years for your company (or whatever institution/ persons). You have made countless personal sacrifices and have been loyal throughout the years. The company had grown and is now firmly established. Your formerly appreciative boss is now treating you like an outcast. He is planning to replace you with someone more qualified. In fact, he trying to make you quit.
You feel sad. You feel like you are being cheated. You may even wonder why does God allow all these to happen. If you happen to be in this situation, you are not alone. David had the same experience and if you read further into the Bible, he bounced back. In the end David became king.
The most important thing you should do now is to cast out all theology from your mind. God was not the one who caused all those bad things to happen to you. In David’s case, God did not instruct Saul to kill him. Saul wanted to kill David because he felt insecure, not because Saul was obeying God. Likewise, the bad things that are happening to you right now do not come from God. The idea that God causes bad things to happen is nothing more than theology, a lie from the pit of hell.
David did not dwell in negative thinking. He was too busy escaping. He had moved his family out of Israel for their safety. At one time, he had even resorted to pretend to be insane in order to save his own life. One day, he settled to the cave of Adullam. He got his brothers and relatives to join him. At that time, he had attracted up to 400 men who had pledged their loyalty to him. Who were these people?
1 Samuel 22:2 tells us that they were not exactly in good conditions. They were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented. It seemed that these people saw David as their source of inspiration. Please note that David was in a bad shape himself. How could he inspire anyone? This tells us that he could not be a negative person. Even when he was in a very bad shape, he continued to display positive attitude. Positive attitudes are very attractive. As such, David had attracted people who were also in bad shape like himself.
If you happen to read on, you will find that these 400 men had become David’s power base and the pioneers in David’s kingdom. Some of them had eventually became famous warriors themselves. Saul was the one who caused David to be in bad shape but God was able turn it for good. God had used the situation to use David to help these 400 men who were in bad shape.
So, no matter how bad the situation is to you, God can use it for good. Anyone can display positive attitudes when the situation is good. Only those with strong faith can do the same when the situation is bad. David was one of those with strong faith. If God can do that for David, he can do the same to you and me. You need to determine in your heart that you will not think or speak negative no matter how bad the situation is right now. Thinking or speaking negative will only cause the situation to be worse.
If you really want to overcome the situation, you will have to live by faith. David was once a refugee but he became a king. This transformation would not have happened if he were to give up hope and talked negative. If you are living like a refugee now, all you have to do is to believe in the faithfulness of God. He will turn your situation around. One day, you will live like a king.