1 Sam. 23:26-28 - Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain; and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were surrounding David and his men to seize them. But a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land." So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place the Rock of Escape. NASU
King Saul was jealous of David and was doing everything he could to kill him. In the text above, Saul has 3,000 soldiers and they are about to surround David's little band of 600 men an annihilate them.
When all of a sudden a messenger comes to the king and informs him the Philistines have invaded our land.
Was this a coincidence or was this Philistine invasion from God?
Well, I guess to really know for sure we will have to get to heaven and ask God, but from where I sit this has Divine Intervention written all over it.
David was God's man. God was going to use David as the king of Israel in a few short years and He needed him alive. So, God, had the Philistines invade Israel and King Saul hurries back to defend his land.
That place became known as the Rock of Escape.
I would venture to say we all have a place in our mind we could call our Rock of Escape.
It was there where God delivered us from our own personal Saul's and by that, I mean someone who wanted to personally harm us physically, mentally or both.
Can you recall any situations in your life when you believed everything was about to come crashing down on you? Then out of nowhere, a break in the storm came and you were out of danger.
This would probably be a good time to stop, recall how God has intervened in your life, give Him thanks, and praise for all He has done for you.
The time that comes to my mind was Dec. 2011, when I was on a mission trip to Liberia. I will not elaborate on the details here but trust me when I say God's intervention came at the right time and I was extremely happy for His help.
I really don't believe in coincidences, but I do believe in the Divine Providence of God.
Think About This:
When we let God guide, He will provide.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.