1 Samuel 21:1-22:5
After David separated from Jonathan he went to the town of Nob. Nob was the town where the main place of worship was located at the time. David went to the priest, Ahimelech and asked him for food. The only food available was bread that had just been removed from the special place in the worship area. Usually only priests ate the bread, but Ahimelech told David that if he and his men had been clean (not committed some particular sins or been involved in certain activities) they could eat it. David assured him they had and Ahimelech gave them the bread.
Next David asked if the priest had any weapons. I’m sure Ahimelech thought this an odd question, but he told David the only weapon was Goliath’s sword which he could take. David said that there was no better sword so he took it. Unfortunately no one seemed to notice that Doeg the chief herdsman of Saul was around. David continued on his journey with food to eat and a sword to protect himself, but Doeg would remember seeing him later.
David’s journey eventually led to the cave of Adullam. There all his family joined him and slowly men who were unhappy or in tough situations began joining David. Eventually he had 400 men. At this point David asked the King of Moab to allow his parents to live there under his protection. We don’t really know why the King of Moab would be willing to do this but we do know that David’s great-grandmother, Ruth, was a Moabite and some think they may have stayed in contact with her family. Thus they were willing to shelter them. Maybe David promised rewards when he became king. We don’t know but, for whatever reason, the King of Moab did take in David’s parents.
After this, the prophet Gad came to David and told him to not stay there any longer but to go to the land of Judah. So David and his men moved to the forest of Hereth in Judah.
What we need to notice is that even though David was on the run, God took care of him. God made a way for him to get a weapon. He gave him a place to stay and sent people to be on his side. God even provided a safe place for David’s parents to go, even if it seems odd. Then when their location was no longer safe, God directed them where to go. God always provides for His people, we just have to go where He tells us and follow His lead.
Make a list of at least 10 things (necessities) God has provided for your family. Take turns thanking Him for each one.