The Deceptive Escape
1 Samuel 27:1 (NIV)
1But David thought to himself, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.”
David just spared Saul’s life. Saul said that he will not try to harm him again. Saul confessed he did wrong and he blesses David before he returns home. So why is David still thinking that he will still be destroyed by Saul? Was this a moment where he left God out of the equation and thought of his own plans? Perhaps he was tired of running for his life, although going into the land of your enemies isn’t quite so logical. I would think that he totally trusted God at this point and would have thought to himself that there is no longer any need to fear Saul since God is in my corner and He will bring me the kingdom in his time.
It helps me to see that David was not perfect and he used deceit to get into the land of the Philistines and did a lot of double-dealing to gain trust with the Philistine king. He did his best to keep his real activities hidden from the Philistine king and pretended that Israel was his enemy. Was this the best that David could do under the circumstances? He was being yoked together with unbelievers, pagans who despise the people of God. Regardless, I know that there will be times when I think that my plans are right in my own eyes. This was David’s great escape and somehow, God was still blessing him and he succeeded in escaping from Saul and from being harmed by the Philistines.