16 Apr All Alone
Are you tired? Wounded? Broken? Betrayed? Attacked? Have you ever felt as if everything about your personal world has shattered and nothing would ever be the same again? I’ve been there. More than once. There were times I’ve felt so alone; no one to speak with or to understand my turmoil. I could only crawl and pray that I’d be able to reach out for even a centimeter of Christ’s touch, hoping desperately for His miraculous healing to touch my innermost being and bring me peace in my darkness.
“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. 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.”
I Samuel 22:1-2 NIV
I & II Samuel are my favorite books in the Bible. I don’t know how many times I’ve read them, but every time I do, it’s as if I hadn’t grasped all of it the last time they were read. The above verses stopped me during one of my prayer/devotional times with God this week. A couple of chapters before this event, David had wept immensely due to the fact that King Saul wanted him dead. Do you know what that is like? Having your own father-in-law (who is the king, by the way) trying to kill you because he knows that you are favored by God and he isn’t? David’s wife, the king’s daughter, helped David escape in the middle of the night in order save his life. He left everything. His wife. His family. His weapons. He had nothing with him, not even food. Have you been there? Have you been so completely depleted of everything because of attacks against your life, even though you’re innocent?
Why did I Samuel 22:1-2 stop me in my tracks? Because of David’s situation. Here’s a man who is fleeing for his life, literally hiding in a cave, having done nothing wrong. Yet, there’s a group of men beginning to surround him. And not just any group, men who have been through it; men who have been through the rough patches of life, who have suffered and gone through their seasons of stumbles, perhaps barely crawling to get by. They’ve gathered around David and looked towards his leading.
Today, I want to remind you of something. Continue to do what is right and lead. LEAD! God will always come to the aid of the innocent. Our timing may not say so; it may be months or years. But, God does not forget. And His timing is absolutely perfect.
David had no one when he escaped death. He was all alone in a cave. And who is to come to meet him there? Around four hundred men! Let me tell you, this story speaks volumes! We may be at our darkest and loneliest. We may feel as if everyone is against us and we can’t understand it. Our worlds may have shattered to pieces, resembling our very hearts. Yet, God inclines His ear and comes to our rescue. He surrounds us with those who are broken, because He knows that even during these trying times, He has purposed us to continue to impact the lives of those who surround us with His light and salvation.
I tell you again, lead. Do what is right and lead…He will take care of you…you won’t be alone in that cave for long…