The Pastor’s Quill
By Pastor Tim Hodge
May 07, 2017
1 Samuel 22:1,2 NKJV
“David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. (2) And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.”
Everyone is important. EVERYONE! Our core value of “significance” can come into play here. These guys that came to David to make him their leader would not be high on the pecking order if someone was picking teams to be future champions. In fact, they would have been treated as outcasts.
Sometimes we forget what that truly feels like until we find ourselves in David’s position in this story. He’d just finished up a year of catapulted, unprecedented success. He’d found fame, riches, glory, and everything those things bring with them. But that disappeared very quickly, like a puff of smoke on a blustery day, when the king tried to kill him and put a price on his head. Now, inside of a cave, David was at his lowest point.
Sometimes God has to build character like that inside of us to keep us humble and remind us of this one thing: IT’S NOT ABOUT US! It’s about Him. David had that awakening in that cave and God began to transform David’s heart. Then, David’s heart began to transform those four hundred desperate souls who came to him. That cave became a TRANSFORMATION STATION! Many of those men eventually became champions of war and some of the wealthiest men in Israel.
Isn’t that what churches should be like today? When we realize how incapable we are to overcome sin and death we find a brutal reality of our finite lives. Yet, when Christ gives us new life and we experience the new birth in Him through His work on the cross we find ourselves awakened to hope. Beloved, if we keep that hope bottled up inside there are many souls who will be lacking on the day of judgment. Not only so, but those who live in hell on earth will find a worse hell in the next life. I pray we become more concerned about this matter.
I would love to see Crossroads World Outreach Center become even greater in our impact of being a TRANSFORMATION STATION; a place where those in distress, in debt, and discontented in life can come and be influenced by those of us who have been awakened to the goodness of a loving, personal GOD!