David was given a promise he would be king. Two years later, he is part of the King’s court, experiencing success in everything he does. For 17 years he serves King Saul. For 17 years everything he does prosper. I’m sure David thought this would be the path to the throne….But
His success only made the king jealous. That jealousy caused David to flee. David went from living in the King’s court to dwelling in a cave. From leading Israel’s finest warriors to leading 400 misfits.
This “demotion” was not a result of any sin or misdeed on David’s part. Was it Ordained by God? Was it the enemy trying to stop David’s reign? Was it simply because life happens?
Whatever the reason, we all need to learn to prosper in a cave. We all need to learn faithfulness in obscurity. I don’t believe God ordained King Saul’s bad behavior. However, I do believe God is redemptive so He used David’s cave dwelling days to teach David. He used his cave dwelling days to build his character and prepare him to be the most beloved King in Israel’s history.
Do you feel as if you are living in a cave but God has promised you a palace? While in the cave live like you are in the palace. Prosper in the cave. Be faithful with what God has placed in your hand. While living in the cave, never allow the cave to live in you. God will redeem your cave dwelling days. Your promotion to a palace dweller is on the way.
“So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”
1 Samuel 22:1-2 NLT