Photo by  Paolo Nicolello  on  Unsplash  | When we’re threatened, in whom do we put our trust?

Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash | When we’re threatened, in whom do we put our trust?

When we are desperate, in whom do we put our trust?

After being warned by Jonathan, David has no choice but to run from Saul, even though he has not planned or provided for his escape. Desperate for food for himself and his men, David goes to Ahimelech, the priest who served in the tabernacle of God.

Claiming to be on a mission from Saul, he asks for bread, and is given the bread reserved only for the priests—the bread of the presence of God. He also asks for a weapon and receives the sword of Goliath that had been kept in the tabernacle. Like Jonathan, Ahimelech proves himself a true friend of David and a loyal Israelite.

David escapes Saul by running to the last place anyone would suspect—to a town of the Philistines. Knowing that Achish, the Philistine king of the town of Gath, would seek revenge on him for his victories, David pretends to be insane.

The ruse works and Achish does not kill David. After leaving Gath, David gathers about four hundred downtrodden men to be his army. They hide in the cave of Adullam, and then move to the forest of Hereth. David convinces the king of Moab to protect David’s parents.

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David is a man on the run with no permanent home, relying on the kindness of strangers and former enemies to protect him. He even uses a questionable tactic of acting insane to throw off the king of Achish. But overall, David’s true trust is in the help of the Lord.

When we are desperate, in whom or in what do we really trust?


God of love, save us when we are on the run.

Dr. Gary Holloway is guest writing for The Journey Bible Project Blog.


Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway. 

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