Monday, July 25, 2011

1 Samuel 22:1-5

1 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. 2 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.

3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” 4 So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.

5 But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.

Questions to consider:

  • How do you think David's family heard about his escape?
  • Where did they go when they heard about it?
  • What kind of people came to join David? What role did he take among them?
  • Who tells David to leave Moab?
  • What does he do?

Possibilities for prayer:

In the midst for fleeing for his life, David is able to be surrounded by his family, at least for a time. I'm glad he received that comfort! Then we see him becoming a leader among people who are discontented with Saul's rule. Even on the run for his very life, we see the way in which God has positioned him to be a leader of the people. It seems that this might be a good lesson for us--God has a way of working his purposes out, even when the things of this world go crazy around us. Today, let's ask that God might use us to be tools of bringing about his purposes, rather than part of the "craziness" that works against such things.