by John Barnett

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When David Became A Caveman (9 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
I Samuel 22:1-4, Psalm 57

As we come to I Samuel 22, we find David hiding in a cave, and living on a day to day, just making it mode surrounded by troubles. His experience is mirrored in the lives of multiplied people across the world. When live reduces to being just in a survival mode.

"Survival mode" means knowing that life must go on, but you just couldn't remember why. These times of just making one day at a time is often when slowly become a vicious swirl of getting up, going to work out of the home or in the home if you're a mom; and dropping into bed exhausted at the end of the day.

And then to find out that after an entire month, you have fallen further behind in every area of life instead of moving forward. That's the kind of life that I'm talking about and it's not foreign to most of us. We know what it's like; we know what it's like when we feel trapped in a cave of troubles-troubles that just wouldn't go away?


Now go back in your mind to 3,000 years ago and think of 400 tough men living in an actual cave under harrowing conditions-and then mix in time, heat, plus the fact they were all under great duress and also in danger from Saul who was hunting David-and you have the sights and smells of 1 Samuel 22:1-4. Open there with me again.

David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. 3 Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what God will do for me." 4 So he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the time that Dav ...

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