David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. – 1 Sam 22:1-2
God is with David in this struggle, yet David does not stand in pride against Saul, who is the anointed king over Israel. Instead, David humbles himself and hides in caves with the least of the peoples of Israel. In David’s humility though, he finds people to lead and he does just that, leads the humble. David did not care about his station or place, only about surviving and doing as God had commanded.
Remember the Israelites were warned about King Saul, that he would be a terrible king and would not honor God or the people. Saul has moved from being mad at God to standing as His enemy. We see at work here Pride in Saul, who wants to kill David, and humility in David, which God honors. Pride always leads to sin; to the destruction of the soul because it relies completely on my capabilities and not God’s.
Proverbs, 16:18 states, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Pride is the root of many evil’s. Pride says that I am more important than anyone else; that I know more than anyone else. Pride will tell me that I have it all figured out and that I can sin because it doesn’t control me, but I control my sin. Reminds me of an addict, “I can quit anytime I want, I just don’t want to.”
And in Saul’s case, pride comes in the form of power, even to the point where he is willing to kill the Priests of God and burn their town to the ground, killing the women, children and livestock. This is a direct attack on God’s chosen people, the priesthood. In Saul’s pride, he has declared war on God Himself. When our pride and boasting in not in the Lord, we too can get to the point of warning against God.
We will war against His plan for our lives, doing what we want to do. We will war against God’s peace in our lives, choosing turmoil over joy because it is what we think is best. I have to stop declaring war against God in my pride and become humble like David.
It is in my humility the God works best. I give myself over completely to His love and plan. I find rest for my soul in the mission He has for me. I am never more at peace in my life then when I let go of my pride and allow God to use me however He sees fit. I love being a part of the plan of God and I know He loves the fact that He can pour His blessing out on me even more because of the humility He has granted me through the Spirit.
To God be the Glory,