Come Out from Your Cave!
Caves come in several forms – there are real caves and the “Caves” in our minds. The “Figurative Cave” is a mental construct that provides us with a sense of protection, security and peace. The “Man Cave” is an expression for that place in a house where there might be comfortable seating, a television, perhaps a refrigerator, stove and bar, games and more. Sometimes, the “Cave” we seek is not a literal place, but a mental or emotional place that makes us comfortable.
Sunday, I am preaching about a time in the life of David, before he becomes king, when he is on the run from King Saul. David takes his parents, brothers and sisters to the cave of Adullam, which was near his home in Bethlehem. There were large caves in that area that he probably played in as a youth. These caves were 15 to 20 feet deep, limestone, and in some places, quite wide. Listen to the description of the 400 persons who joined him in the cave os Adullam:
1 Samuel 22 David left there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; when his brothers and all his father’s house heard of it, they went down there to him. 2 Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was
David and those who supported him went to the cave from protection, security and peace. After a while, the prophet, Gad, came to David and told him it was time to leave the cave and seek other refuge. Perhaps, this was because Gad felt that Saul would find them in the cave and they would be like sitting ducks, vulnerable to attack. Maybe, Gad thought that once David and his fighters left the cave, they would be in a better position to fight Saul. In any case, at some point, David, his family and his fighters come out from the cave and he begins his assent to the kingship.
3 David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. 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.” 4 He left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. 5 Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; leave, and go into the land of Judah.” So David left, and went into the forest of Hereth.  (1 Samuel 22)
In like manner, there are times in our lives when we need to come out from our cave. There is an expression, “Stuck in a rut.” To be “Stuck in a rut,” is when emotionally we limit our imagination. We sometimes do this in good and bad times. So, the “Cave” experience can be like a virtual cocoon that gives us comfort peace and joy, but it limits our ability to rise to the full potential that God has set before us. My sermon for this Sunday is about breaking free from the “Cave” of security and protection so that we can enjoy everything the good Lord has prepared for us.
Questions for Reflection:
- When have you felt as if you were in a “figurative” cave?
- What does it take for a person to come out from their “Cave” of protection and security?
- What verses from the Bible help to form your sense of liberation?
Prayer: Lord, free my mind that I might dream. Free my heart that I might feel. Free my feet, that I might move to glory of your name. Free my hands, that I might build. Free my eyes and ears, that I might see and hear. Free my spirit, that I might soar with a sense of liberation and justice for all. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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