Sunday Morning Soundbytes – 9/2/2007

Yesterday’s message was called View from the Cave, taken from 1 Samuel 22:1-5.

1 Samuel 22:1-5 – 1 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.
3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” 4 So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
5 But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was how we should deal with God’s delays in life. Here is a brief recap of the message:

David had been anointed as the future king over Israel. But now God’s promises seemed to be put on hold, and David found himself hiding in the cave at Adullam instead. What do you do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would, the way God seemed to be leading? What do you do when you suddenly find yourself in a cave instead of the palace? How do you deal with God’s delays in life?

1) Serve where you are (verses 1-2)

    – Commit yourself to God.

    – Continue to do good.

2) Continue to seek God’s will (verses 3-4)

    – Remember what God has done in the past.

    – Seek God’s will for the future.

3) Be quick to respond to God’s word (verse 5)

    – Be open to hearing God’s word.

    – Be quick to obey God’s word.

The view from the cave can be a dark and lonely one, but it does not mean that God is through with you or has forgotten his promises. God’s delays are not necessarily God’s denials. Think about Jesus. Jesus went into the cave. He was crucified, dead and buried in the tomb. That was a dark day for his disciples. All of their hopes and dreams were crushed when Christ was crucified. All of their future plans lay buried in the tomb with Jesus. The view from the cave was pretty bleak that day. But three days later Jesus rose from the dead and fulfilled God’s plan for the ages.

So when your life seems off course, and certain dreams or plans lay shattered at your feet, remember that God is still God. He has good plans for your life. The view from the cave is not all that God has for you. Even if you are in the cave due to your own sin or foolish mistakes, no matter how bad you or I may mess things up, God is still bigger than our sin or mistakes. He will fulfill his plans for your life if you will trust and follow him.

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