CAVE OF DISTRESS

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1 SAMUEL 22:1-4**DAVID THEREFORE DEPARTED THENCE, AND ESCAPED TO THE CAVE ADULLAM: AND WHEN HIS BRETHREN AND ALL HIS FATHER’S HOUSE HEARD IT, THEY WENT DOWN THITHER TO HIM. AND EVERY ONE THAT WAS IN DISTRESS, AND EVERY ONE THAT WAS IN DEBT, AND EVERY ONE THAT WAS DISCONTENTED, GATHERED THEMSELVES UNTO HIM/ AND HE BECAME A CAPTAIN OVER THEM; AND THERE WERE WITH HIM ABOUT 400 MEN AND DAVID WENT THENCE TO MIZPEH OF MOAB: AND HE SAID UNTO THE KING OF MOAB, LET MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER, I PRAY THEE, COME FORTH, AND BE WITH YOU, TILL I KNOW WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR ME. AND HE BROUGHT THEM BEFORE THE KING OF MOAB: AND THEY DWELT WITH HIM ALL THE WHILE THAT DAVID WAS IN THE HOLD….. (RUTH, A FAITHFUL, TRUSTING MOABITE WIDOW ACCEPTED THE GOD OF ISRAEL AND BECAME GREAT GRANDSON OF DAVID, ANCESTOR OF CHRIST!) READ RUTH 2:12

ALL OF US HAVE BEEN IN THE CAVE OF EMOTIONAL PAIN, FINANCIAL SUFFERING, SEEKING A JOB, FAILED RELATIONSHIPS, SHATTERED DREAMS***BUT HOLD FAST TILL I KNOW WHAT GOD WILL DO FOR ME!

WHILE IN THE CAVE YOU FEEL GOD HAS FORSAKEN YOU, YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL. WILL I EVER GET OUT OF THIS CAVE? (MATT.28:18-20) I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.

2 TIMOTHY 1:13**HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS, WHICH THOU HAS HEARD OF ME, IN FAITH AND LOVE WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS.

PSALM 18:6**IN MY DISTRESS I CALL TO THE LORD…. PSALM 81:7**IN MY DISTRESS I CRIED UNTO THE LORD, AND HE HEARD ME….PSALM 142:1-7**READ IT

1 SAMUEL 22:5**AND THE PROPHET GAD SAID UNTO DAVID, ABIDE NOT IN THE HOLD; DEPART AND GET THEE INTO THE LAND OF JUDAH.

I KINGS 19:9**AND HE (ELIJAH) CAME THITHER UNTO A CAVE, AND LODGED THERE; AND BEHOLD THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO HIM…………WIND, EARTHQUAKE, FIRE THEN A SMALL COMFORTING VOICE

PSALM 23:4**YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL; FOR THOU ART WITH ME, THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME. (YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD IN THE CAVE OR OUT OF THE CAVE!)

RECOGNIZE GOD IS WITH YOU IN THE CAVE**SOMETIMES GOD DOES HIS BEST WORK SHAPING AND MOLDING IN THE CAVE**DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE ACTION WHEN GOD IS READY FOR YOU TO MOVE OUT OF THE CAVE.