Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Those who were with him numbered about four hundred.
1 Samuel 22:2
Following Jesus in life insures a level of discontent with the world around us. A person only places the fullness of their trust in God when they realize that the world is not really worthy of their faith.
Few of us come to this conclusion on our own. More often, God allows us to fall into seasons of discontent. In these times, our finances, our relationships, our health, our inner feelings, or our circumstances painfully twist us into new perspective on life. It is in these seasons that we must most fully face God.
David found himself in such a place of discontent. He had lost his place of honor in life and found himself abandoned in a cave in the wilderness. Those who gathered around him are described by their distress, their debt, and their discontent. He was the captain of the malcontents.
In the midst of the desert place, David refused to be led by his discontent. Instead, he allowed the wilderness to shake from him his natural affections and reliance upon himself. David allowed his place of desolation to become a place of waiting. He said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother come to you, until I know what God will do for me.” (1 Samuel 22:3)
I know that life is often difficult and unfair. I know that following Jesus has not won for us life without pain or difficulty. But when we find ourselves in the wilderness, we must seek to turn our place of desolation into a place of waiting. We can trust that “those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Is. 40:31)
Wait upon God to show you what God will do for you.
Dear Jesus, when difficult times come to us, we choose to look to you. Fill us with hope in your salvation. Fill us with the promise of your eternity. We choose to wait until we know what God will do for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.