Adapting—When men of God are passing through trials, they are often pressed to adjust their lives to meet the daily challenges. Sometimes those adaptations seem unbearable and untenable. To live among the enemy to survive by any means possible—all the while seeking to honor God and keep their charge, David was chased out of Israel and forced to live among his enemies. To survive he became a raider and pillaged enemies of Israel . He lied to the king that gave him asylum and he did all could to keep his commitment to God and Israel.
In our lives we are also put in positions in time of trial that seem untenable. Job loss, family issues and health issues that drive us from our comfortable lives into places that we struggle to survive. But while we may be misplaced we can still hold fast to our identity in Christ and our charge to follow him. We simply have to face each day by realizing he us God and He has a plan for our lives. Even when that plan seems difficult, we still follow him and trust him to meet our needs. If we will do that, he will honor our commitment and assist us in facing the trials set before us. We simply continue to seek him, read his word and follow his lead. It may require us to adapt to a different life, but we can trust him to protect, provide and grant us peace in our lives.
God Bless You
But David kept thinking to himself, “Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe.”
2 So David took his 600 men and went over and joined Achish son of Maoch, the king of Gath. 3 David and his men and their families settled there with Achish at Gath. David brought his two wives along with him—Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, Nabal’s widow from Carmel. 4 Word soon reached Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he stopped hunting for him.
5 One day David said to Achish, “If it is all right with you, we would rather live in one of the country towns instead of here in the royal city.”
6 So Achish gave him the town of Ziklag (which still belongs to the kings of Judah to this day), 7 and they lived there among the Philistines for a year and four months.
8 David and his men spent their time raiding the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites—people who had lived near Shur, toward the land of Egypt, since ancient times. 9 David did not leave one person alive in the villages he attacked. He took the sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothing before returning home to see King Achish.