Who were the 400 men who joined David at the Cave of Adullam?
The answer is in 1 Sam 22:2 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.
They were, in other words, the rejected members of society, those who had no value, no name to honour, unwanted, neglected, dysfunctional and not worth anything.
Because of their low self-esteem, lack of professional qualifications and financial standing, they opted to live in the deserts and caves with David who happened to be fleeing Saul at that time.
But as the chapters of the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles unfold in the Bible, we learn that they became men of such value that they were later known as the Mighty Warriors of David.
They were men who were such skilled warriors that Jashobeam killed 800 men in a single battle and Eleazer and Shammah killed more enemies alone than the entire Israelite Army.
Above all, they were men who supported David, once a shepherd boy, unskilled in leadership , all the way to his Kingship. He was a man according God’s own heart.
Now, what made the difference turning discontented and distressed men into mighty warriors? What turned a shepherd boy into a King?
It was the indignity of the lives they and their families were subjected to. This indignity bred in them a spirit of revolt, not in words but in action, battle after battle, war after war, paving the way for them to become commanders of armies.
Who are you? Someone who is discontented, distressed, in debt, living a life of indignity, being humiliated by circumstances all around?
It is your time to add new pages to the History of God’s people. It is your time to make of your revulsion more than words but actions to turn your life around.
Be one of God’s Mighty Warriors today.