The Philistines declared war against Israel. During this time, David was living in the Philistine country under Achish, king of Gath. Achish planned on David going into this battle as his personal bodyguard. However, the Philistine officers would not allow it. David tried again, but he wasn’t allowed to go fight on behalf of the Philistines. Interestingly, Saul and his sons were killed in this battle with the Philistines. Unbeknown to the Philistines, David had previously been anointed as the next king of Israel by Samuel, the prophet. David would fight in many battles during his life, but God shielded him from this one. Even though he and his men had been on the run from king Saul, Ziklag would not be their permanent home…
Scripture: “David went to the town of Nob to see Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he saw him. ‘Why are you alone?’ he asked. ‘Why is no one with you?’ ‘The king has sent me on a private matter,’ David said. ‘He told me not to tell anyone why I am here. I
Scripture: “So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. Then he said to the Kenites, ‘Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you
David was on the run from Saul. He had gone to the king of Gath to seek refuge, but the king had known of David’s military victories. David then turned to a cave as his place of refuge. In that place of disappointment, people began to gather around him. Interestingly, the people who gathered around him were facing their own difficulties. A group of people with no place to go, and their new leader, David, was on the run. What happened to the promise that God would set David as king? Samuel, the prophet, had anointed David as the next king years before. David wasn’t king yet.
Fear has a way of causing us to make decisions that don’t honor God. What are you holding onto in fear that God needs you to lay down? You may be experiencing the fear of a job transition or feeling like you will forever be alone. You may have fear from a health diagnosis, a difficult financial situation, or the loss of a friendship. When we face fear, we have to make sure that we are still being obedient to the mission to which God has called us. We can’t hold onto fear and situations so tightly that God has to pry our fingers open to remove them from our lives.