Go to the right source
“The only way to escape…is to go to Philistia.” 1Sa 27:1 CEV
The Bible says, “[David] thought to himself, ‘One of these days, Saul is going to kill me. The only way to escape from him is to go to Philistia’” (v. 1 CEV). Now, in times past, David had “inquired of the Lord” (See 23:2, 4 NIV). He also sought advice from experienced, proven counselors. But this time, he was guided by his fears and ended up defecting to enemy territory. And it gave him a temporary sense of relief. Looking to the wrong source can do that—but it doesn’t last. Solomon said: “You may think you are on the right road and still end up dead. Sorrow may hide behind laughter, and happiness may end in sorrow. You harvest what you plant, whether good or bad…be smart and know where you are headed” (Pr 14:12-15 CEV). Eventually, the Philistines rejected David because they couldn’t trust him. They said, “Send David back to the town you gave him. We won’t have him going into the battle with us. He could turn and fight against us!” (1Sa 29:4 CEV). Be careful when you’re in a spiritual slump, because the decisions you make can have long-lasting ramifications. Rejected by the Philistines, with no country and no family to come home to, here is what we learn from David: (1) Instead of listening to your fears, listen to God. Standing among the ruins of his life, “David found strength in the Lord” (1Sa 30:6 NIV), and you will, too. (2) Seek wise counselors. It’s the last thing you will feel like doing because misery loves company, but “the more wise counsel you follow, the better” (Pr 11:14 MSG).