September 5, 2012 by Daniel Beckworth
“David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.” 1 Samuel 22:1-2
David has fled to the country side to avoid the attacks of king Saul. As he made base at this cave, we’re told that men began to gather to him. David is obviously one of the greatest leaders in history and a great man of war, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal that men would gather to him. But I think it is important to notice the types of men that gathered around David. The Bible says, “everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him.” The broken of society found rest and comfort in the presence of David. As leaders, we would do well to learn this lesson. Do the broken of society found rest in our presence? Do we treat all men and women as equals? Am I showing compassion to the least of society?
This illustration of David is foreshadowing the ultimate King. This leadership characteristic of David is more true of Jesus. It was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).” We see repeatedly throughout the New Testament that the lowest of society, the greatest sinners known to man, would gather around Jesus. They would recline together at the table and share meals. Jesus of course never gave approval to any man’s sins, but He displayed love and compassion to those who were willing to admit they had issues even if they were still wrestling with their problems.
Do the broken find rest in your ministry?
Are you displaying love to those who don’t deserve it?