Read – 1 Samuel 21
Focus on verse 10
David is now literally running for his life. The fact that he fled to Achish the king of Gath is astounding. What kind of fear would prompt David to seek asylum from the King of the city Gath which was the home town of Goliath whom David had killed not that long ago giving rise to a major route of the Philistine army. If David felt safer in Gath than he did in Israel – it gives us an indication of how dangerous it was for him to be in the kingdom of Saul.
That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.(v. 10)
Interestingly, it is during this time in the wilderness that David is refined as a leader, preparing him to become not only one of the greatest kings in Israel’s history, but to be chosen by God as the one from whose lineage the King of Kings would come.
It would make an interesting study to look at the early lives of great leaders in history to determine how many may have had similar “wilderness” experiences during which their character was tested and refined. I suspect it might surprise us to discover that it is exactly these times of just trying to survive one more day, that build the kind of character into a person that prepares them to be the kind of people others desire to follow.
This principle is true of my own life as I consider the paths I have chosen, how it has always been the dark times, the hard times, the times when life was most difficult and even frightening… that these are the times that have strengthened my faith, and built my character. As I look back there is not one that I would choose to repeat over again if it could be avoided, yet I am also thankful for every one of those difficult times, as God has used each instance to make me a stronger and better person.