09 Aug Go To Your Cave
There are several lessons to be gleaned from studying the life of David. One of the insights I want to share is his relationship with God. David had an amazing, close personal relationship with God. He did not just arrive at this relationship, but worked on it. He spent invaluable time in God’s presence. He never made any decisions, especially major ones, without consulting God in prayer. “Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.” (1 Samuel 23:2).
He consulted God on some issues repeatedly before making a move. This shows us the privilege we have of approaching God as many times as we need to; there is no limit and we are welcome into His presence anytime, any place and for whatever help we need. He is your Father first, so spending time talking to God as a Father and developing and strengthening the Father/ child relationship is vital. The way to strengthen any relationship is carving time to spend with that person.
David’s life also displayed his humanity. He was just like us. Even in this incredible relationship with God, he also had seasons and periods where he missed it -he acted in his flesh taking matters into his own hands. In his flight from Saul, who had attempted several times to kill him, he lies to the priest Ahimelech, takes the sword of Goliath, which had not worked for him but eventually slew Goliath not with a sword but the word of God. David was resorting to his own strength and not depending on God. This can happen to the best of us.
But, David came to himself and fled to the cave of Adullam. It was in the cave that he began to reconnect with God again and build on the relationship he had with God. There are several Psalms he wrote during this period in which he poured his heart out to God, rebuilt his energies and reflected upon his dependence on God. Psalm 52 is one of such Psalms “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me”.
The cave was a space of reclusion and reconnection – a place to go back to His relationship with God and see Him as the total source of his life.
Lesson here for us is the importance of having our own “Cave Of Adullam” moments, a place and a time which we devote to spending time with God, away from the noise and distractions of everyday life. In the same manner that you go away on holiday to destress and rejuvenate, take time out to also go your cave and reconnect with God, surround yourself with resources that will build and energise your most important relationship.
Remember Jesus Loves You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It
Pastor Kofi Banful
Further Study And Reflection
1 Samuel 20: 41-41
1 Samuel 22