David ran from Saul to Achish the king of Gath. He and his men were suspicious of David, so David pretended to be mad (crazy) in their presence. Achish ordered that he be sent away, so David fled. He hid in the cave of Adullam, and his brothers went down to him. Then the following happened: “2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” 1 Samuel 22:2 (NKJV) David then went to Mizpah of Moab, and the king of Moab allowed him to stay there, along with his parents. A prophet then came to David and told him not to stay in the stronghold, but to go to Judah. Do David departed to the forest of Hereth.
David began his journey toward self-preservation while still acting out his allegiance to his king, Saul. David was wily, playing the part of a man man when needed to avoid destruction. He had such a great reputation that his family and numerous misfits followed him with no promise of provision or status. David protected his parents and brothers, and yet obeyed God’s voice when the prophet spoke. Even though David was under duress, and surrounded by less than desirable elements, he continued to be a leader, and God took note. What are you doing with your adversity?