STRATEGICALLY PLACED BY GOD
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 23:15-18
15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
16 And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.
18 And they two made a covenant before the Lord: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
Saul is a symbol of an order that is passing away. David was careful to move in God’s timing which afforded supernatural protection from his enemies. On the surface, it appears as though David is "on the run;" however, he was actually being strategically placed by God until the time of his reign. God ordered his movements as seen in I Samuel 22:5, "And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth."
The actions of Saul’s son Jonathan in the verses above speak a powerful truth to the church today. That which is passing away and all it has begotten will acknowledge and yield to the true King of Israel which is Christ Jesus our Lord. David abode in the wood or forest. Forest or wood is translated once as "honeycomb" in Song of Solomon 5:1. Honey symbolizes enlightenment. 1 Samuel 14:27 reads, "But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened." As David abided in a place that speaks to enlightenment so it is in this time of transition as the Body of Christ matures in Him and our eyes are opened to His fullness.