You learn more about God in desperate times than most any other time. Sadly, you learn about yourself as well, and that can be most disappointing. From 1 Samuel 19-22, David goes through a roulette of safe-havens. First, he runs to Samuel which proves to be a very successful haven. Saul as not able to touch David. God detained even the most determined individual. Why David left Samuel, we do not know. Maybe Samuel grew weak with the added stress or David was afraid of endangering the prophets. David decided to run to his friend Jonathan. Also, a good source of consolation and a close friend in adversity. Jonathan helps David expose Saul’s intentions. The grief grips David and unsettles his powers of reason. He reacts by impulse.
So the merry-go-round of havens continues but first there was a stop at the Tabernacle in Shiloh. This would appear to be a good choice. In his time of need and direction, he seeks God’s counsel. However, the text does not bear any indication of his search for wisdom. Instead, he asks for supplies and weapons. He asked for materials to maintain his predicament instead of divine wisdom to navigate it. Throughout David’s life, you can see the “fight or flight” moments because they are the times he dives into something senseless. They are the moments in the story where you almost blurt out, “Don’t do that, David!” Like retreating to Gaza with Goliath’s sword in tow, David’s roulette of havens was a scamper for self-preservation.
In our lives, we can also be guilty of the same thing. We are as resourceful as a frightened mouse, skittering from cover to cover, instead of pausing to ask for wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Eventually, David stopped and reflected and you can enjoy his meditations in Psalm 34.
“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles…O taste and see that the Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in him…Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it…Many are the afflictions of the righteous: But the Lord delivereth him out of them all…And none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”
Instead of seeking material supplies to help you maintain the season of difficulty, will you not ask for divine counsel to help you navigate the season? Find your haven of rest in God.