“So David fled and escaped, and went to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth. Now it was told Saul, saying, ‘Take note, David is at Naioth in Ramah!’” 1 Samuel 19:18–19
After David had been helped by Michal to escape from his house through a window he ran from Gibeah to Rama, a village approximately five miles away, to report what had happened to the prophet Samuel. After he had told Samuel what Saul had done to him he and Samuel then left Samuel’s home and stayed at Naioth. Naioth’s location is uncertain but the Bible seems to suggest that it was a place where Samuel conducted a school of the prophets not far from his home in Rama.
Saul was determined to take David and eventually got word that he was with Samuel at Naioth and sent messengers, that’s code for soldiers, to get David and bring him back to Saul. When the messengers got to Naioth and saw Samuel standing with a group of the prophets prophesying they too began to prophesy.
It didn’t take long for the news to reach Saul that his soldiers had failed to take David because the Spirit of God had come upon them and they had begun to prophesy, but Saul’s determination was us altered and he sent a second group of soldiers. These also began to prophesy as soon as they saw Samuel. So Saul sent a third group and they too began to prophesy. After that Saul himself led a fourth contingent of soldiers and before they arrived at a Naioth Saul began to prophesy and he continued prophesying all the way to Naioth and when he got to the prophet Samuel he stripped off his robe and prophesied naked and lay naked on the ground all day and all night.
God’s intervention, of course, allowed David to escape once again, but Saul’s determination to take David and kill him was undiminished.
We marvel that Saul was undeterred in his attacks on David in spite of God directly intervening four times in a single day. It’s obvious that Saul is not merely fighting against David he’s fighting against God. But friends, that’s the nature and the power of sin. Sin is enmity and warfare against God. We may have convinced ourselves that we’re moral, logical, and peaceful people but if we hold to sin in our lives and refuse to submit to God’s leading we have the same capacity for determined injustice and violence as Saul had.
In fact, a day is coming, and I believe it’s closer that most of us think it is, when laws will be passed to compel God’s loyal followers to accept and obey commandments directly opposed to commandments God has given. The right to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience will be removed. Those making and supporting these laws, many of whom have called themselves friends of God’s loyal followers, will receive clear warning that the course they’re following is directly opposed to God and still they’ll press forward.
Friends our only help is God. Now is the time to learn to submit to him and obey him. The apostle James tells us that if we submit to God he will draw near to us and the devil will run away. All it’s takes is submission. Humbly accepting God and his commandments and directions for your life and obeying him. Now is the time to receive salvation. Now is the time to draw near to God and learn from him that we may be prepared to stand in the day of trial and then prepared to be with God in the day of his triumph.