Good on Paper
His king, whom he served earnestly had suddenly turned against him and made a few attempts on his life. He had escaped all but he was very scared. David had done nothing wrong but King Saul was willing to go to all lengths to take him out.
David was beyond desperate and thought the only way to save himself was to escape to the land of the Philistines. He had left in a hurry and so did not even have any weapons on him. David took Goliath's sword from the priest and fled to Gath of the Philistines.
He had become the most wanted man in Israel so his own home was not safe and Saul would certainly not pursue him into Gath. It seemed like the best move in that moment. At least it looked good on paper.
As soon as David entered Gath, the king's servants recognized him as the guy who killed their giant and immediately took him to their king. At once David realized he had made a huge mistake in going there and began to panic. "David... was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. So he pretended to be insane in their presence;..." 1 Samuel 21:12-13. He started drooling saliva, climbing walls and making marks on the doors!
This enraged King Achish and he commanded his servants to take this David and his men out of the palace!
We do not always make the best decisions when we are tired, hungry, stretched to the limit or running on empty. Decisions made in fear and desperation are usually rash, short sighted and sometimes senseless. Fear can shut your faith down.
David was able to get out of that one unscathed. Your story may not end that way. Do not let fear and desperation drive you to make life altering decisions that may harm you in the end. Take a minute to pray and seek counsel where possible before you jump.
Love, Lady Monica ❤