“And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. … David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam … And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab … So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.” (1 Samuel 21:10; 22:3-5)
Saul was Israel’s first king. Initially, he was a good ruler. But later on, he chose his own way over God’s instructions. Therefore, God anointed David to be king in Saul’s place. David was filled with God’s Spirit and was extraordinarily successful in battle. When Saul saw this, he became very jealous and was determined to kill his rival so that he could remain king himself.
David had to flee for his life. He even had to leave his beloved country and spent long periods of time in the wilderness to escape king Saul, who was behaving “like one who hunts a partridge in the mountains.” Several times, David had the opportunity to kill Saul. But he did not. He trusted God: “May my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may He deliver me out of all tribulation” (1 Samuel 26:24). David did not take the law in his own hands. He did not commit murder to get “justice”, but lived as a political refugee until God resolved the situation.
Have you ever had to wait for God’s justice, maybe as a political refugee like David? Do you put your trust in Him?