Summary: For one and a half years, David went to live with the Philistines. It is during this time that we can learn valuable lessons about confidence in the desert. We can also gain understanding in the ways God deals with us and changes our hearts to bring us ba
Saul was jealous of David and all his successes, so he pursued him relentlessly for a long period of time. David had his chances to kill Saul and claim the throne that God had promised him, but he refused. He remained a faithful servant of God and waited upon the Lord to rescue him, except for a season when David separated himself from God.
Living in the Desert
It isn’t common knowledge, but there was a time David actually defected and deserted the people of Israel. For one and a half years, David went to live with the Philistines. It is during this time that we can learn valuable lessons about confidence in the desert. We can also gain understanding in the ways God deals with us and changes our hearts to bring us back to Him.
David was tired of running from Saul and decided it was easier to find a place where Saul could not pursue him. David decided to move to Gath, the city that Goliath came from; he becomes a traitor and defects to live with the Philistines.
One day, David asked King Achish if he could live in a smaller town; King Achish agreed and gave him the town of Ziklag, where David, his wives and 600 men lived. From there, David and his men raided many villages south of Judah. Because David did this time and time again, King Achish thought that David must be hated by the people of Israel, so he would stay in Ziklag and be loyal to him.
There comes a time when the Philistines, who always disliked Israel, decide to go to war against them. Because David and his men have proven themselves mighty warriors, King Achish asks them to come out of Ziklag to join him in battle against eh Israelites. At this point, God shows David that He can be trusted even when David doesn’t understand.
1. Have Confidence in God When I Don’t Understand
“Now it came about in those days that the Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, ‘Know assuredly that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men.’ David said to Achish, ‘Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.’ So Achish said to David, ‘Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life’” (1 Sam. 28:1-2).
David then makes a foolish decision. Because of years of being hunted by Saul, David gets all desperate and agrees to fight with the Philistines against Saul.
There are going to be times in your life when you will feel desperate, but don’t let desperation make you foolish.
King Achish, overjoyed that a great warrior had agreed to join his forces, informs his generals that David will fight with them against Israel. But to his dismay, the generals rebuke David and voice their concerns that David may change his mind in the heat of battle and turn against them instead.
The king brings the bad news back to David, who is waiting with his men, ready to fight against Israel. When David hears what the king has to say, he becomes enraged. He doesn’t understand why all of this is happening to him, but even when David doesn’t understand, God does!