"David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam" (1 Samuel 22:1).
Old King Saul lost his mind, and in a jealous rage unleashed a murderous attack against not only David, God's anointed king, but also his extended family. He even went so far as to execute those in the priesthood who were loyal to David.
This historical moment serves as chilling display of how both Religion and Politics are always dead set against those who are favored of God and destined for true greatness.
To the eyes of the mindless world the legitimate king was on the throne in Jerusalem, wearing the crown and royal robes, and serving the interests of the nation. But from God's point of view this was not the case. A fool sat upon the throne while the true King was forced into a cave until the madness passed.
And while David waited, trusting in the Lord to set things right, word spread throughout the beleaguered kingdom and a host of those who were distressed, in debt, and discontented slowly migrated to David until their numbers swelled — making them a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
The Message says they were "losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts." Yet once they joined with David, they were transformed and became mighty men of valor; men who did extraordinary exploits that are still talked about to this day.
That's what happens to us when we turn our back on the Political/Religious agendas of our world and go out to be with Jesus — the King in the cave. He lifts us up and ennobles with His own greatness; and our lives become the stuff of legends.
Are you discontented, in debt, and distressed with the Religious and Political scene? There's a King in a Cave who is just waiting for you to arrive!