“So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”
- 1 Samuel 22:1-2
What is it about the authentically godly that attracts the broken and hurting? Sure, one could read this as if it were some fluke, or perhaps David was attracting these people intentionally to build a really rough and tough bunch of warriors. But the Bible indicates that these people sought him out instead of the other way around. Maybe it's the sense of security and stability. Perhaps the godly have this lack of fear in dealing with people in crisis. Its too easy to be afraid of people with problems, isn't it? It can seem like we might 'catch some of their crazy" or "get infected" by their bad fortune somehow. The godly know who they are and Whose they are. This sense of security in God gives them the courage to not be threatened by people who are struggling, to hold their own course and in doing so, to be a compass for those who feel lost and alone.
It is the same with Jesus. Broken, hurting, troubled, discontent people are drawn to the purity and safety of the Savior. The truly godly are not seen as a threat to the troubled - they represent a safe harbor, a place, a person that knows what is good, right and true and can provide stability and a sense of safety and meaning in uncertain times.
I hope today, you will be that safe place, that Jesus-in-the-here-and-now for somebody around you. Help the hurting find healing and hope as you live out Jesus today with courage and confidence! Don't be suprised if the hurting are drawn to you to learn from the Healer you represent.
what is "spark"?
Its a small thing - like the flash on a spark plug that hopefully ignites something bigger to propel you forward.