Light at the End of the Cave by Joe Alain

Light at the End of the Cave
Joe Alain
1 Samuel 22:1-2

Some years ago when we were living in north Florida we had an occasion to spend some time at a state park in Marianna, Florida, near where we lived. This particular park was noted for its extensive system of natural underground caves. Our tour guide led us down into a cave which was about the size of an average bedroom and then he turned off the lights. No light penetrated that darkness for several moments. It was so dark that you could not even see your hand directly in front of your face. Fortunately, this was all for fun and our guide quickly assured us that he knew where the light switch was and he switched on the lights.

However, for many people in spiritual darkness switching on the lights is not so easy. There are many people who are sitting in a spiritual cave of darkness that is debilitating and they do not know how to switch on the light and make the darkness go away. Many are living life in a dark cave with seemingly no escape. Daily they are subsiding in dark caves of depression, despair and loneliness. Others are living in self-imposed caves of bitterness, anger, and negative attitudes. It is hard to see the light when you're in a cave; however, there is light at the end of the cave and that light is not a train!

In 1 Samuel 22:1 David found himself in a cave. At this juncture in life David had been on the run from King Saul who was insanely jealous of young David and his success. David had nowhere to go. He could not stay in Saul's territory and he could not escape to the land of his enemies. David was a man without a country. The only place left for David to flee to was the dessert - no man's land. The cave David found himself in was not a place of refuge and refreshing, this was a cave of despair. David was there because he had no place left to run to. He was fresh out of options.

When you're down like David is it seems at the time that you are never going to get out of your cir ...


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