by Steve Jones

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David, Real Trust Part III (13 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
I Samuel 24

Introduction: Last week I mentioned my trek up Springer Mountain to read the plaque at the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. What I didn't tell you was after I got to the top, I wasn't out of the woods yet! I had to get to the parking lot to meet Tami and I followed the trail away from the rock but it diverged into 3 UNMARKED trails. I spent forty-five minutes on wild-goose chases until a family came along from the parking lot that was able to point me in the right direction.

Our friend David is not out of the woods yet either. When we last left David he was in the desert wilderness of Ziph hiding from Saul. It was there that he learned to trust in the strength of God. From Ziph David went through the desert of Maon to the desert of En Gedi and that's where we're going to pick up his story. In the desert of En Gedi David learns to trust in the sovereignty of God.

ILLUSTRATION: Someone told me the story of a teenager who didn't want to be seen in public with her mother, because her mother's arms were terribly disfigured. One day when her mother took her shopping and reached out her hand, a clerk looked horrified. Later, crying, the girl told her mother how embarrassed she was.

Understandably hurt, the mother waited an hour before going to her daughter's room to tell her, for the first time, what had happened.

"When you were a baby, I woke up to a burning house. Your room was an inferno. Flames were everywhere. I could have gotten out the front door, but I decided I'd rather die with you than leave you to die alone. I ran through the fire and wrapped my arms around you. Then I went back through the flames, my arms on fire. When I got outside on the lawn, the pain was agonizing, but when I looked at you, all I could do was rejoice that the flames hadn't touched you."

Stunned, the girl looked at her mother through new eyes. Weeping in ...

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