“When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits.” 1 Samuel 13:6

 

Saul had a lot to learn of what it meant to be a king. Two years into his reign, things were not looking very good. Jonathan, his son, attacked a Philistine garrison, in hopes it would deter their great enemy from attacking them in the future. To say the least, the plan backfired. Though it was a technical victory for Saul, the Philistines quickly responded with the largest army Israel has ever seen. Thousands of chariots, horses, and more soldiers then one can count showed up for battle. Clearly, their great enemy was waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Tragically, the mere sight of such a force sent God’s people, not just on the run, but into hiding. Caves, thickets, rocks, holes, and pits… These are not appropriate dwellings for people who know the one true God! However, we read they were distressed, trembling, desperate, and cowardice. Though they had enormous success against the Ammonites, they lost heart by simply seeing this enemy approach. Past victories of God’s faithfulness were long forgotten. Fear swept them away.

This isn’t just an Israel issue. It’s everybody’s issue. When fear reins unchecked and runs wild, our view of God shrinks, and we quickly forget that all His promises are ‘yes and amen.’

Paul says the following in Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Evangelize yourself! When the enemy appears to be greater than you can face, don’t take up the yoke of fear. As sons and daughters of the Father, he has called you out of the cave. Hiding is never an option. Your marriage needs you to come out of the cave. Your kids need you to venture out of the thickets. Your church needs you to rise out of the rocks and holes. Climb out from the pit. Take hold of what God has promised you (Ephesians 1:3), and contend again!

Persuade yourself again, that nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. Fan that gift back into flame. Pray with passion. Move with courage. You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ!

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