“Man, I sure could use some company. Someone... anyone!”
These might have been the words of David as he departed from Gath, and went to the cave of Adullam. David was in an even bigger jam now. He couldn’t go home, he couldn’t go to Jonathan, he couldn’t go to Samuel, he couldn’t go to the tabernacle, he couldn’t even go to his enemies! To be alone at a time like this is pretty tough indeed. There is no one to talk to, no one to share your misery with, no one to strategize the next move with. No one except the snakes in the cave!
But God is not going to leave David alone. As always, our God knows where David is at, He knows exactly what David needs, and God is about to send some support to David. But the men God sends might not be the men David would have picked. God is going to send four hundred men who are distressed, indebted, and discontent. In other words, God is going to send David a “Band of Losers.” “Wow, thanks God!”
But interestingly, this Band of Losers are going to become “David’s Mighty Men”, as we are told in 1 Chronicles:
Mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle the shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains. (1 Chronicles 12:8)
But that does seem to be how God works; He uses the weak, the broken, the foolish, to do great and mighty things in His Kingdom. The Apostle Paul understood this:
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1 Cor 1:26-28)
Join us Sunday as we break into 1 Samuel 22, “Band of Losers”.
... till the whole world hears,