But the prophet Gad said to David, “Don’t stay in the stronghold. Go to the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
1 Samuel 22:5 NCV
David’s on the run. For his life. A bandit group of people who owed money, who were unsatisfied looked up to him as their leader. A group of out laws followed him. He’s chilling in a cave, just taken some holy bread & Goliaths (who he slayed) sword. Then David gets a prophesy.
He’s told to leave the stronghold. A place that has been fortified to protect it from attack. A place that David controls. Where he is safe.
How often do we look around ourselves and feel safe. Feel untouchable. If we put ourselves in David’s shoes, to us living in a cliff. Surrounded by outlaws doesn’t sound particularly safe – but to God it wasn’t were David was supposed to be. To the outside world David probobally thought he was right where he was supposed to be. Ministering to bandits. Out of harm from death, living for God in his cave.
How often in our own lives do we get comfortable? Do we do things that make us afraid? Things that make us uncomfortable? If you didn’t have Jesus everyday would your actions and life look dramatically different?
Then God calls us further and further and further untill we feel we have nothing left to give. Untill we finally convince ourselves we are unsafe following Gods plan. David an adulterer was called a man after Gods own heart. He followed diligently and was obedient to God.
He went. To a place where people knew him, where it would have been a lot easier for him to be found. He went because David understood that his life was Gods. He died to himself so God could live in and through him. He brought glory to God by being obedient.
Two questions that have really struck me this week is firstly would my life look different without God and secondly if I lived in a land where I was constantly at risk of death and persecution would I still follow? What will you give up to facilitate more of the kingdom?