I have a question to ask you friends: what do you do in desperate situations. You know the situations that keep you up late at night because your mind will refuse to stop running. The situations where you try to make up plan after plan only watch each one of them fail. I have often times in my own life just choose to run away from my adversities, and I have ended up in the hands of the enemy. Can you relate?
Tonight I want us to read in 1 Samuel 27, where David is caught in the midst of his own desperate time. He has been on the run from Saul, the envious king. David hasn’t been relying on God or even speaking of him. David has began to rely on himself, which is the beginning on the road to destruction: “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.” 1 Samuel 27:1 NLT
I have mentioned before that I was neck deep into pornography. At the time, I thought that was the only oulet open to me The evil desires it caused made me forget this reality and I entered a new one. A one where I felt safe and pleasures. Exactly what David felt when he made his home in Gath; the home of Goliath. How could David possibly think this was a good plan?! Here are six points to keep in mind about David’s close minded choices and what choices God wants us to make:
1) we will have a season of drought, but we should not remain there. Trust that God will send the rain.
2) depend on God to get us through our adversities.
3) in some situations, we think it’s best to run (our own perspective) instead of remaining still (god’s perspective).
4) our disobedience can end with on a price on our own life and our generations to come.
5) we can find comfort in earthly pleasure and the “easy road instead of trusting God in the narrow road.
6) we can often take safety with the enemy because it’s often more “convenient”
One statement to keep in mind: “Desperate times do not call for desperate measures. They call for prayerful measures.” You and I are going to go through drought seasons. Seasons that will challenge our faith, our minds, and our bodies. But are we going to find life again through Christ, or are we going to continue plotting our own deaths? Our choices always come with consequences, but God is still there in the midst of it all. He still wants to provide us His strength and for us to find him again in our darkest hour.
“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6 NLT