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.
And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me.” And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. I Samuel 22:1-4 ESV
Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
I had said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help. Psalm 31:19-22 ESV
There’s a story that when David was hiding in the cave, God caused a spider to weave its web over the entrance to it. Saul and his men chased David and came to the cave, and when the saw the entrance, they were about to go into the cave and search for David. But when they saw the spiderweb, they didn’t think there could be anybody hidden inside, so they left.
This is only a story, but it shows the truth that God was with David and helping him in this time of trouble. He was running and hiding for his life, and he even had to give his elderly parents into the care of a foreign king because he didn’t feel as if he could protect them himself. But God sent 400 men to join him, enough to form a small army. David knew God was still with him and would help him. He told the king of Moab that he was waiting to see what God would do for him.
Sometimes we have troubles and we don’t know what God will do for us. We might feel as if God has left us or doesn’t love us anymore. But we can be sure that we are safe in God’s care even when it seems as if nothing is going right for us. We know this because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. When Jesus died, it seemed as if everything in God’s plan had gone wrong. But Jesus’ followers only had to wait until the third day to see what God would do for them. He brought Jesus out of the grave that first Easter Sunday, and we can be sure that he will always save and help us, and bring us to life with him forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for always being with us and helping us in our troubles. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ginzberg, Louis Legends of the Bible Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1956.