Monday, March 8, 2010

Distress, Debt and Discontent

Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Those who were with him numbered about four hundred. I Samuel 22: 2 NRSV

We think of David the King. What we fail to imagine is David's life as Saul's Most Wanted. David is now a refugee. And in gathering this group around him, he also begins to take on the appearance of a terrorist.

Think about it.  Who comes to him? Those who are in distress - are they murderers or simply those unhappy with their lives? Those who owe money come to them - perhaps escaping from being made a slave. Those who are discontent - they are not happy with the current administration, life or God.

David is a natural leader - of men and armies. He is well-liked by all but Saul (and that is perhaps because of the evil spirit upon Saul). He is now running from the King. He naturally draws those who are escaping something in their own lives.

If you could escape from something in your own life right now, what would it be? Let's pray to God for deliverance from that thing in our lives.

God, we pray for deliverance from the thing(s) in our lives that we would very much like to run away from. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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