Unwelcome in the Camp of the Enemy–I samuel 22 part 1

 David felt betrayed.  He had followed God’s lead, he was effective in battle.  He was the kings comforter and son-in –law.  On paper he was right on track for the throne. But the King wanted him dead.  So he started out to the one place he knew the King would not follow—the enemy camp.  It was not long, though, that David realized that the enemy was still the enemy even when he was betrayed by his father- in- law.  He figured he would be welcomed to assist—but he was the warrior that killed thousands of the enemy. You simply cannot change teams and expect a warm welcome.

It is the same with the family of God.  When we walk with the Lord, we will encounter trials and tribulation.  Sometimes it feels as if we are abandoned and all alone.  For some the response is to walk away from God.  They figure that they will be welcomed into the world and its culture as a new recruit.  But, the truth is once you follow God, you will never fit into the camp of the world.  You will be despised as hypocritical or at best tolerated as one that is lost and confused.  There will never be provision or protection in the enemies camp.  You will never feel at home.  Stay the course through trials and trust that God loves you and has a plan.  You will find peace, protection and provision on your father’s house.

God Bless You

 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:

“‘Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands’?”

12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”