“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to [David]. So he became captain over them. And there were about 400 men with him.” -1 Samuel 22:2
In his season of hiding in the wilderness and being on the run from King Saul, David began to attract people like himself: those who were not welcome in polite society, the outcasts, the rejects, and the loners. When someone new joined their community, David’s words were such:
“Stay with me; do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you shall be safe.” -1 Samuel 22:23
It seems that from the beginning, leadership was embedded in David’s character. He was courageous, yet humble. Rejected, yet respected. David could have easily escaped to some cave and sulked until King Saul gave up his vendetta against him. But instead, David kept inquiring of the Lord what to do next – do I fight? do I go? do I stay? (1 Samuel 2:2). The people around him saw God’s presence in David’s life and they flocked to him for guidance and safety.
Have you ever known a person who made you feel safe? Maybe it was your parents or grandparents. Maybe it was a teacher or a childhood friend. But today, I want to challenge you to become the harbor of safety and peace to others. Become the person in whom others see God. Make people feel loved and secure in your presence. Don’t betray a friend’s confidences in the name of venting or concern.
What can you do today to become a safe harbor for someone else?
What kind of people do you attract to be in your company?