“But David thought to himself, ‘One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.” 1 Samuel 27:1 NIV
Escape to the Philistines? Joining the enemies of Israel? The best thing David could do? What was he thinking? After all the times God had delivered David from danger, David’s lapse of faith in God’s protection is surprising. In the last chapter, he compared himself to a partridge (v 20), which hunters could easily kill by repeatedly flushing it to the point of exhaustion. Maybe he was just tired of being on the run and shouldering the responsibility of two wives and 600 men and their families. But this lack of faith, this lack of dependence on the LORD would bring him and his followers into false and tenuous security. Even when we are weary and discouraged, we cannot fail to seek God’s direction in our lives.