The blackness and isolation of the back of a cave can seem like a dead end. But for David, it turned out to be a crossroad intersection that would determine the direction his entire life would take from that moment.
David and his rag-tag army had been mercilessly hunted down by King Saul, who wanted him dead. Saul was jealous of David and saw him as a threat to his rule as king.
Then, one day as David and his men were hiding in the back of a cave, Saul happened to go into the very same cave to relieve himself. David’s men encouraged him to take matters into his own hands and kill Saul while he had his chance. But David chose instead to entrust himself into the hands of God:
‘[But] he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul’ – 1 Samuel 24:6-7a (NLT)
David seemed to understand that rather than being just a hollow dead end, this cave represented the crossroads to destiny and the fulfilment of God’s purpose for his life. At his crossroads moment in the back of a cave, David chose to find his refuge in God rather than men.
Rather than killing Saul with a sword, he took up his ‘pen’ and wrote this prayer:
‘Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me’ – Psalm 57:1-2 (ESV)
David knew that God would be faithful. God had called David to be the next king, and God would bring it about in His timing and in His way. David was so confident in this that in the midst of the darkness, he already began to thank God for what hadn’t even happened yet:
‘He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me’ – Psalm 57:3a
Just like David, God will often use our dead ends as a catalyst to launch us into destiny. No matter how dark it gets, begin to thank God for His deliverance and that in His timing and in His way, God will ‘fulfil His purpose for you’!