David - Part 4: King of the Caves
In this lesson you will learn how David interacted with friends and enemies.
Intro: After all of the success David had slaying the giant and leading troops to various victories in battle, he finds himself running for his life to the cave of Adullam. David was probably wondering to himself what he had done wrong to deserve such a fate as his own. He thought he had made all the right choices, he had walked in loyalty and faithfulness. He was trying to honor God with his life, but things did not work out. What do you do when you find yourself in a place that does not make sense?
I. Look to God
A. God is with you in the good and the bad times (Heb 13:5). God wants to help you in every season of your life. Ask the Lord; What do You want me to learn here? How can I make the most of my time here? When David was under assault and mere steps away from death, he escaped to a place of refuge to seek God in the cave. In the cave David pours out his heart to God, and God strengthens and changes David in the cave.
II. Turn Your Wilderness into a Training Ground
A. 1 Sam 22:2- four hundred men who were in debt, distressed, and discontented gathered to David in the cave. They came into the cave broken, scared, and defeated. They came out of the cave ready for battle as David's mighty men of valor. What does God want to do in your cave? Prune what needs to be pruned, and develop what needs to be developed. God grows you in the dark, so you can be ready for the light. God develops your character in the cave, so you can handle the pressure of the crown.
III. Handle Mistreatment like a Champion
A. David keeps trusting, loving, and obeying God, while staying patient in the process. Because people are imperfect and we live in an imperfect world, expect to be mistreated, but refuse to fight in the flesh. Instead, fight with prayer and worship. 1Sam 30:4-6 David encouraged himself in the Lord. Start talking yourself back into God's calling and destiny for your life. Repay evil with good. Don't react in the flesh, but respond in love.