Fugitive Faith (pt.1): How to Handle the In-Between
Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, friends say —The ex-secretary of state admitted to New York magazine that she’s wrestling with another White House bid, but close friends told the magazine that she’s already made up her mind.
The road to the presidency for Clinton is like the road to purpose for a Christian, both know the path but following the path from potential to promise is the problem many of us wrestle with. In fact the father of the philosophy of existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard said “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
I believe it is the believer’s pursuit of purpose that pushes them into the unknown journey of faith! A journey of faith that is full of twists and turns that often take us into valleys of despair, but ultimately develop us with vision, vigor and voice as we prepare to become victorious in Christ Jesus!
In this biblical blueprint by blogging let’s juxtapose the “In Between” steps of Clinton’s pursuit of the Presidency of United States and David’s path to promotion to become the second King of Israel as a model to help us a believers handle our “In Between”.
With this in mind let’s peruse the pericope for the following points, principles, and perspectives:
I Samuel 22:1-5 – “How to Handle the In Between”
Historical Context – DAVID THE FUGITIVE: 1 Samuel 21-22:2
David therefore departed from there:
[blockquote3]As David left Gath, he praised God with the exaltation we read in Psalm 34. David was pumped! But after that exhilaration wore off, he had a serious problem to consider: what do I do now?[/blockquote]
v1Never confuse your Pit-Stop with your Final Destination!
The cave of Adullam, David’s headquarters during a part of the time when he was a fugitive from Saul (1Sa 22:1; 2Sa 23:13; 1Ch 11:15). Escaped to the cave of Adullam: He couldn’t go to his house, he couldn’t go to the palace, he couldn’t go to Samuel, he couldn’t go to Jonathan, he couldn’t go to the house of the Lord, and he couldn’t go to the ungodly. But he could go to a humble cave and find refuge.
Can you remodel your “Cave into a Cathedral”?
The title of Psalm 142 reads A Contemplation of David. A prayer when he was in the cave. So, Psalm 142 describes David’s discouraged heart: I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. (Psalm 142:1-4)
v2 Never allow your Position in Life to STOP your PURPOSE for Life!!
And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him: What a group! God called an unlikely and unique group to David in Adullam cave. These were not the men that David would have chosen for himself, but they were the ones called to him.
- The Hebrew for discontented is bitter of soul. They knew the bitterness of life, and they were not satisfied with their lives or with King Saul. They wanted something different, and something better, and God called them to David at Adullam cave.
So he became captain over them:
“Herein David became a type of Christ, the Captain of our salvation, who cried, ‘Come unto me, all ye that are weary.’” (Trapp)
Can you turn a mob into a Ministry?
Can you develop those in distress, in debt and discontented into Disciples?
GOD says, “Never allow your Position in Life to STOP your Purpose for Life!”
V5Never settle for life in Isolation when GOD is Calling you to Higher Elevation!!!
Go to the land of Judah: Gad counsels David to leave his own stronghold, and to go back to the very stronghold of Saul. This probably wasn’t what David really wanted to hear, but he obeyed anyway. David had to learn to trust God in the midst of the danger, not on the other side of the danger!