Contemporary Service: Saturday's 6:30pm followed by our Coffee House.
MONDAY 27 April, 2015
Place of Refreshing
Therefore Saul returned from pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; so they called that place the Rock of Escape. Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.
1 Samuel 23:28
When the Lord sent the Philistines to attack Israel and make Saul stop chasing David, He provided a way of escape for David and his men. David knew the Lord. He had a very close relationship with Him and he recognized the hand of God in his life. He knew God provided the opportunity. It was no coincidence.
David did not take for granted the work of God in his life. He did not take for granted God’s provision of safety. In recognition of what God did, they set up a memorial to the work of the Lord and called it the Rock of Escape.
From there, they went up to En Gedi. It is an amazing place for God to give David a timely retreat from Saul. For me it is a place of refreshment. If you look at a map, Masada is south of En Gedi, the Dead Sea to the east, with Jordan across the sea, which was Moab. Masada is desert, nothing lives in the Dead Sea and across the sea was an enemy of Israel. In the middle is En Gedi, with beautiful waterfalls and wild goats.
En Gedi represents a time of assurance; a place where God has called me; and nobody can touch me unless God allows it. What about you today? Do you need to go to En Gedi and be refreshed? In the middle of your trial, God will provide a place of refreshing for you, just as He did for David.
There are no days when God’s fountain does not flow.
~Richard Owen Roberts~