Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
By Fr. Christopher Waters
David was experiencing a personal storm when he fled from King Saul and hid in a cave in Adullam. Saul was intent on killing David and all David could do was hide. In the darkness of the cave, he cries out to God. He knows that God, not the cave, is his true shelter.
There are many types of storms. On the personal side there are financial, physical, emotional and relational storms. Then there are storms that affect groups of people: weather, economic, political and disease related, just to mention a few.
If we know a storm is approaching, we can, to a certain degree, prepare. However, when we are in the midst of a storm, all we can really do is seek shelter.
Just this week, I learned of a friend who is struggling with deep emotional depression. Another is struggling through a very rare and painful skin condition. I also have friends who have been enduring cancer storms, divorce-threatening storms and storms that are threatening to damage their spiritual health.
Regardless of the type of storm bearing down on us, there is really only One who can give us true shelter. And that One has a plan for us that goes beyond simple survival.
David thought that he had been brought to the cave for his protection, but actually, he was at the cave to provide shelter and provision for others.
In 1 Samuel 2:1-2 we learn,
“David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.” (emphasis added)
If you are enduring a storm right now, understand two important things:
— Seek refuge under the secure wing of God.
— Look for others who are also struggling with storms and lead them to where they can also take refuge.
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