David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam (1 Sam 22:1).
"How did it all come to here?" "Hadn't I honored Saul? Hadn't I honored God? Didn't you anoint me to be king, God?" David must have been thinking these thoughts as he looked out from his cave over the rocky cliffs below. Rejected. A fugitive. A man without a country. No army. No resources. He'd just faked madness to stay alive. He must have had a sick stomach. Hope deferred makes the heart sick. How did life get to this dead-end? Such can be the fate of a leader in whom God is doing the deeper work. David must have identified with the same feelings as Job when he could not make sense of his calamities.
"Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
But He knows the way that I take;
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
My foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
more than my necessary food" (Job 23:8-1).
God handpicked David to be the heir to King Saul's throne over Israel. He removed Saul due to his disobedience. God instructed the prophet Samuel to make a house call to Jesse's family. He had eight sons and one of them was to be the next king of Israel. Samuel did not know who that would be until he saw him in person. David was the smallest of the litter and even his father did not consider him a candidate as he was not very kingly as a small shepherd boy. Father Jesse's failure to even bring his son before Samuel along with the other sons is evidence of his view of his son. Like many fathers, we fail to see our children's potential in God. God always see our potential, not our limitations. In one day God took David from delivering lunch to delivering a nation.
The calling of David as a change agent is exemplified by all six of the stages we are discussing in these chapters. Crisis, character development, isolation, the cross, problem solving and networks all define the life of David. David is a man whose character was tested much like Joseph. After David was anointed by Samuel to be the next king, he did not immediately go into "king to be" training school. The Bible tells us he went back to shepherding sheep. It is noteworthy that David did this. How many of us when we get a dramatic word from God want to go out and try to fulfill that word, rather than waiting for God to fulfill it in His timing?
Soon after this God orchestrated the event that would bring David into the first phase of his calling as change agent for the nation of Israel as its greatest king. He was only a teenager, but he had killed a lion and a bear during his shepherding days. He was also an accomplished musician. It is interesting that it was this skill that became the entry door to being brought into the upper echelon of the government mountain. By this time Saul had been given an evil spirit by God that could only be quieted by music. Someone in his administration had been told of David's musical gift and Saul had him brought to him. David became a source of comfort for Saul.
As I write this chapter I am taken by all of the Christian musicians that are being elevated in the realm of pop music today. The 2009 American Idol winner, Kris Allen, was a worship leader at his church. In fact, six of the top 13 finalists in the 2009 American Idol competition were worship leaders. More and more Christian crossover bands have made it in pop music and even secular bands like U2 have been producing more and more music with Christian lyrics. Music can often be the door that opens access to other cultural mountains.
Once the access door was opened, God orchestrated another opportunity for David. David volunteered to fight Goliath when no other soldier, including Saul, would fight him. David was given a platform to demonstrate God's favor on his skills as a warrior, even at this young age. David solved a problem for Saul and Israel. He defeated Goliath and won the hearts of all Israel. This favor from God caused jealousy and insecurity in Saul. This led to Saul's decision to kill David. David had to flee as a fugitive for doing his job too well.
Have you ever done your job too well to the extent that others become jealous? When you become good at what you do, you will be surprised at where the pressure will come from. It is often within your own camp. David is wrongly accused and not only is Saul after him, but so is the entire Israeli army. He is a fugitive for being great at what God was calling him to. As I think of this I wonder where is the justice in this? David is anointed to be king and his training ground is fleeing the sword of his boss, Saul. God's ways are truly not our ways.
The training ground for a leader in the Kingdom can often mean years of difficult, unfair treatment. David is forced to flee Saul and he was tested to see if he would take things into his own hands. David understood that despite the fact that Saul was wrong in what he was doing, it was not his right to remove Saul from power. This was an amazing character trait of David that few leaders understand or live by. It is up to God to remove those above us, even when they are acting unrighteously. David recognized the office more than the individual in the office. He knew it was God who placed men into their places of power. David passed this test with flying colors in spite of his followers advising him to kill Saul, even affirming to him that he would be justified in doing it.
David's low-point was when he had to escape the fury of Saul to the Cave of Adullam. David had just faked madness to stay alive for fear of being killed by the King of Gath, the hometown of Goliath. The King would have good reason to kill David for killing his greatest warrior. But the king saw David as no threat because David faked madness in his presence. David fled to his cave and was alone and totally distraught. He felt abandoned by God. I am sure David asked the question, "Is this how you train the next king of Israel?"
Such are the ways of God. The ways of God are fraught with unfairness, crisis, isolation and doubts on the road to leadership. David penned the following words in Psalm 142 at the low point of his life."I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk. They have secretly set a snare for me." 
We will all enter the Cave of Adullam at some time in our life. Doubt may be such a cave. Persecution may be such a cave. Sickness may be such a cave. Bereavement may be such a cave. Conflict in relationships can be such a cave. However, there is no cave dark enough to shut out God. Adullam was a place of safety for David but it was a place to do business with God, not knowing whether he would avoid the sword of the very man he supported, honored and promoted. Some of us will be forced to retreat to our own cave of Adullam to avoid being destroyed by the Sauls in our lives. Betrayal becomes our place of Adullam. David tried his best to honor Saul and not take revenge into his own hands. He operated righteously and with justice.
God was testing the mettle of David and was preparing him for a new chapter in his life. Charles Swindoll describes the role that isolation and the cave may play in a leader's journey. "David has been brought to the place where God can truly begin to shape him and use him. When the sovereign God brings us to nothing, it is to reroute our lives, not to end them. Human perspective says, 'Aha, you've lost this, you've lost that. You've caused this, you've caused that. You've ruined this, you've ruined that. End your life!' But God says, 'No. No. You're in the cave. But that doesn't mean it's curtains. That means it's time to reroute your life. Now's the time to start anew!' That's exactly what he does with David."
"David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 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." The writer of Hebrews makes reference to David when he said, "They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth."  What happens next is truly remarkable. His family and the down and outs of society all come to his hideout. They join him in the fight. They become his army of misfits that he will train in battle that will become known as David's mighty men. Such are the ways of God. First, David is used to solve a problem for Israel, to replace ungodly leadership with Godly leadership. The next phase of David's life finds him training his men as a network, or in this case, his army. Networks are always necessary to create change in culture. No one man can do it by himself.
Some of Us Enter the Cave of Isolation Due to Our Own Sins
Some of us do not enter our cave of isolation as a result of the call of God upon our lives; rather, we enter because of our pride, arrogance and presumption.However, God uses the cave of isolation to deliver us from generational iniquity that caused us to behave unChrist-like which may lead us to make decisions that send us into the cave of isolation.Even so, God uses this time to sanctify our lives for the purpose and calling He has for us if we are willing to repent and gain the freedom this process is designed to achieve in our lives. Such was the case of Joseph.
Joseph was the eleventh son to be born to Jacob in his old age. However, he would not be the last; that notoriety would belong to Benjamin. However, Joseph was a favored son because he was born to Rachel, Jacob's beloved wife who birthed Joseph and Benjamin, his younger brother. Jacob showed much favoritism to Joseph which enraged the other ten brothers. So, when Joseph received his dream from God that someday he would rule over them and then had the boldness and arrogance to flaunt that dream before his brothers and his father, this caused bitterness to grow in his brothers that almost resulted in murder had not Reuben interceded on his behalf. This was Joseph's first evidence of pride. This would launch Joseph into his first "isolation experience" when he was sold as a slave.
His second isolation experience was when he was serving as a slave and servant of Potiphar's house. He was a faithful servant and his character was unquestionable. Potiphar's wife made several attempts to seduce Joseph in the palace. However, we find that Joseph made a strategic error on one occasion. We find this in the following passage: "But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, 'Lie with me.'" Joseph oversaw all of Potiphar's household. He should have known that Potiphar's wife would approach him again and that for his own protection he needed to have others around the house. This showed a lack of discernment in Joseph. This led to Potiphar's judgment against him because Joseph could not defend the accusation because he did not have a witness. This led to his isolation and personal cave experience in prison for many years.
Many of us men can relate to the error of Joseph. As a Christian man we should not do certain things that open the door to the enemy's schemes against us. In this day of openness and anything goes, it is easy to get caught in the web of inappropriate actions that can lead to our downfall. For instance, making it a policy to keep doors open when there are meetings between the opposite sex in an office so others can see in this office is wisdom today. Never traveling with the opposite sex without your wife or another male is another wise policy.
For years I viewed the Joseph story as a man being the victim to his circumstances. However, today I see that Joseph had a great deal to do with his getting thrust into his adversities. Yes, God turned it all for good. And, God may have had to allow Joseph to go through the fire of isolation and adversity to purge all of the pride and arrogance out of him to become God's future change agent.
For years I believed that my times of isolation and adversity were due to a Joseph type calling upon my life. However, today I see there was more due to generational sins that caused me to make decisions that put me in my isolation times. These were actually times of reproof from God and an effort to bring me out of sin, that in many cases, I could not recognize. Generational sin is often hidden under the subconscious. God redeems those times and causes something very good to come from those painful isolation periods because God's nature is redemption. I do not believe God necessarily wants to take us into those periods, but our sins cause us to warrant time in the desert for God to perform the deeper work and bring deliverance from our places of bondage. His desire is to bring us into maturity and joy, and to discover our true self and purpose in Him, and in our closest relationships.
Israel's Isolation in the Desert
"And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not." God kept the nation of Israel in their own desert place for forty years because of a stubborn heart. God said He tested them in the desert to see what was in their heart. What was in their heart was stubbornness and rebellion. They stayed in the desert for forty years because of that stubbornness and a whole new generation had to be raised up to take the Promised Land.
Isolation Removes Things that Hinder Us
God knows the stubborn human heart. He knows that if He is to accomplish His deepest work, He must take us into isolation in order to give us the privilege to be used in His Kingdom. Isolation changes us and removes things that hinder us. God uses isolation to force us to draw deep upon His grace. Isolation is only a season in our life. When He has accomplished what He wants in our lives in the isolation, He will bring us out. The desert is another form of isolation God uses. The prophet Haggai tells in Hosea 2:14-15 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope." Achor means trouble in Hebrew.
For some, God gives us a mission to fulfill that can only be fulfilled after we have spent adequate time in preparation in the desert. Fear not the desert, for it is here you will hear God's voice like never before. It is here you become His bride. It is here you will have the idols of your life removed. It is here you begin to experience the reality of a living God like never before. The desert may mean being put on the shelf for a season. It is here you learn to adapt to a new environment that often has less resources to draw upon. Someone once said, "God uses enlarged trials to produce enlarged saints so He can put them in enlarged places!" "He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me."
Jesus chose times of isolation with His disciples to explain parables to them. "But when He was alone with His own disciples, He explained everything" (Mark 4:34). It is when we are alone and away from the distractions of life that can be the most productive times for us to hear the voice of God in our lives. We must initiate these times ourselves by meeting with God in the early morning. There are other times when God initiates these times in order to get our undivided attention to set us apart for a work He may be preparing for us to do. This often comes in the form of a job loss, illness, or marriage separation. They usually are not pleasant circumstances that force such times. C.S. Lewis said, "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
David gives us a little insight into the reason for the isolation time. "For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." The process of elevation often requires being hid away for the deeper work of God in our lives.
Adullam - "Justice of the People"
Names of places often give us additional insights into the spiritual meaning behind events and where they take place. "Adullam" means "justice of the people". It is a town of the Canaanites, who also represented the merchants, or the mountain of business. This area was allotted to Judah, lying in the lowlands. David represented a people that represented justice in the eyes of God. Saul represented injustice in the way he dealt with David. The spirit that operated in Saul wanted to destroy David and the very destiny of a nation that would be ruled by a righteous leader. David represented not only the mountain of government, but also business. He created wealth that would be used to build the temple through his own son Solomon.
These four hundred men were the down and outs. They could identify with David and his righteousness as a leader who sought to do things the right way. They saw how he handled the opposition from Saul. David invested in these men and made them mighty warriors like himself. God uses the weak things to perform His greatest exploits through. The relationship tie between these men and David was at a deep heart level. God will raise up those who will defend you when you are about the work God has called you to accomplish if you lead in humility. You may retreat on your own, but eventually God will raise up those who will follow, support and battle with you.
When God takes us into our own Cave of Adullam, we must remember this is a time of intentional hiddenness and preparation. If handled correctly, others will be drawnto your anointing and they will find themselves transformed as you allow your anointing to destroy the yoke of bondage--it will fall off of you and onto others you will serve. We must be careful not to usurp the position of any other"anointed ones" in our midst (our Sauls), nor try to hasten our coming out of the cave.God's timingis perfected in our "wait" in order to prepareus to lead those He will entrust under our care to become the Mighty Army of theLiving God. We must stand and watch what the Lord does for those that wait uponHIM.We must invest our lives into the nameless men and women in the workplace that God calls us to serve. This is how nations arise from the ungodly leadership of kings who want to rule for their purposes only.
Saul was controlled by an evil spirit.  David knew of the great call on his life but I am sure he doubted whether all that anointing stuff when he was a teenager was the real deal. When things begin to happen that seem to contradict what God has said about your future, it is a time of wrestling with what you really believe or choose to believe. God often seems contradictory in His ways especially when we are in waiting periods. David was in the fight for his life and he just had to fake madness to stay alive. He really had no place to run. He was at a real low-point in his life. If you are called to be used of God in a significant way, there is a good chance you may have to face your own Cave of Adullam that is filled with times of discouragement.
The Waiting Period
There have been many saints in whom God used the isolation chamber to deposit something significant in their lives that was used to minister to those who would follow behind. In all cases there was a waiting period that had to be endured.
Abraham had to wait for Isaac until it was God's timing, not his. Moses waited 40 years before God spoke to him at the burning bush. Joseph waited 13 years until he was freed from captivity into his destiny that resulted in an 81 year career as a change agent in the nation of Egypt for salvation and the birth of Israel. Elijah waited beside the Brook of Cherith before he was physically and emotionally strong enough to continue his mission. Paul was hidden away for 3 years in Arabia before he was released into his assignment. God also uses these times to make spiritual deposits into our lives. Isaiah tells us: "I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who calls you by your name, am the God of Israel."
Because Moses had 40 years of waiting in the desert for the next 40 years of taking a people through the desert, he was uniquely prepared for that assignment by his preparation in the desert. David was 30 when he became King of Israel, but He was anointed to be king when he was a teenager.
I think of Joseph and his years in prison. Many a saint in whom God uses spent times of isolation and more often than not, they were wrongly accused to boot as in the case of Joseph and David. The ways of God can be difficult to understand in our finite minds of perceived fairness. Sometimes a man finds his destiny on the road he most seeks to avoid. God often initiates a time of separation from past dependencies, by realigning our values to a biblical economy. If you have an important message to convey to someone, what is the best means of getting the message to them? Have you ever tried to talk with someone who was so busy you could not get him to hear you? Distractions prevent us from giving our undivided attention to the messenger. So too, God has His way of taking us aside to get our undivided attention.
Messes into Messages
The cave is also a place to process our pain and receive a message from God for our lives and for the benefit of us and others. Many a servant of God has been placed in their own cave that has resulted in divine revelations that have benefited the body of Christ. Daniel coined these words about the cave experience: "He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him" (Dan 2:22). Job tells us that "He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light" (Job 12:22). Isaiah tells us God will reveal secret things in hidden places from our time of hiddenness: "I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel (Isa 45:3). Job understood this place of isolation when he wrote: "He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light" (Job 12:22).
Pilgrim's Progress was written because of 12 years of hiddenness in a jail cell. Nelson Mandella was hidden for 27 years before he became the "Joseph" of his nation. The apostle Paul wrote many letters from his prison cell. John the apostle wrote his vision of Revelation from the Island of Patmos. This is often the way of God. The prophet Jeremiah understood isolation: "While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guards, the word of the Lord came to him a second time. Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). Notice that while Jeremiah was confined the Word of the Lord came to him. Sometimes God intentionally hides His people for a season to accomplish a deeper work in order to craft a message through that life. "You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence" (Ps 31:20).
Pilgrim's Progress was written because of 12 years of hiddenness in a jail cell. Nelson Mandella was hidden for 27 years before he became the "Joseph" of his nation. The apostle Paul wrote many letters from his prison cell. John the apostle wrote his vision of Revelation from the Island of Patmos. This is often the way of God. The prophet Jeremiah understood isolation: "While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guards, the word of the Lord came to him a second time. Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." 
Notice that while Jeremiah was confined the Word of the Lord came to him. Sometimes God intentionally hides His people for a season to accomplish a deeper work in order to craft a message through that life. "You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence."
David wrote three psalms while he was in his cave. The first psalm is Psalm 142 and gives us the condition of his heart. It is the absolute low point of his life:
"I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me" (Ps 142:1-143:1).
David is a man looking for purpose in all of this. I am sure he wondered how he got from being a king's favored son to being an outlaw and having to fake madness just to stay alive. He probably thought of the day when Samuel anointed him as the next king of Israel as a teen. Like many of us, he is thinking, "So where are you now God? I thought I was your man." It is clear David had these thoughts, but he also exhibits an amazing faith and hope in God at the conclusion of this psalm. "You shall deal bountifully with me" he concludes. It takes courage to make such a statement in the face of total defeat. He wrote in another Psalm: "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty: I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'"
God is working while His agents wait and wait and wait. Each is being selected for a handpicked assignment. This waiting is preparation for a greater depth of use and greater anointing that cannot be accomplished otherwise. The waiting period only adds to the authority that is given because of the waiting and the testing you endure. The waiting period actually creates a level of authority for you to carry out your assignment from God.
My friend and intercessor Bradley once said to me, "God doesn't prune dead trees, only fruitful ones." But the process can be extremely painful. I have written my best works during times of isolation and adversity that forced me into the soil of God's grace as a result of desperation and pain. That is how TGIF Today God Is First came about. This book was also written during an isolation period.
Come Out of the Stronghold
God doesn't allow us to remain in our own cave of isolation. If we remain there too long we become defeated by our circumstance. It is interesting what the prophet told David to do: "Now the prophet Gad said to David, 'Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah.'" Judah means praise. If we are to overcome our circumstances we must do something that seems unnatural. We must praise God in the midst of our circumstances. We don't praise Him for the circumstance, we praise Him for who He is and that He is our deliverer.
To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified (Isa 61:3).
If handled correctly, others will be drawnto your anointing and they will find themselves transformed as you allow your anointing to destroy the yoke of bondage--it will fall off of you and your anointing will fall onto others you will serve. We must be careful not to usurp the position of any other"anointed ones" in our midst (our Sauls), nor try to hasten our coming out of the cave.God's timingis perfected in our "wait" in order to prepareus to lead those He will entrust under our care to become the Mighty Army of theLiving God. We must stand and watch what the Lord does for those that wait uponHIM.We must invest our lives into the nameless men and women in the workplace that God calls us to serve.
What did the cave do in the life of David? Well, God turned the mess of the cave into one of our greatest messengers who wrote much of the Psalms that have comforted millions of people over the centuries. We learn the lessons from tears he shed in these times and they are a spring from which we drink: "As they pass through the Valley of Baca (weeping), they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God" (Ps 84:6). We realize that it is only the Lord who can illumine our path during these dark times: "For thou art my lamp, O Lord; and the Lord illumines my darkness" (2 Sam 22:2).
Absalom and the Saul Test
Fast forward now to about twenty-five years. David was in his fifties. He ha been a successful king for many years. He had a huge army. He had never lost a battle. He was a beloved king, but he had made some very bad choices in life. He slept with Bathsheba, tried to cover up murdering Uriah, her husband and was judged by God. The child from that affair died and God said he would have bloodshed in his family and there would be sexual dysfunction as a result of his own discrepancies. However, God would not turn his face away from him and would bless his leadership as king. He would be known as a king who had a heart for God despite his human imperfections. He would fail to be a good parent by being involved in their lives. Yet, he did love his children.
Absalom was a son who did not have the character of David, but more exemplified the character of Saul. Absalom spent four years trying to win the hearts of the people in order to overthrow his father's kingdom. Finally, the day came when Absalom had achieved his goal. He was going to take over his father's kingdom. King David was left with a choice. Would he fight his own son and divide the kingdom and in essence become a Saul. The choice was clear, to be David, or to be Saul. David spent much time thinking about his options. He realized if he chose to be David, it meant he would lose everything-maybe even his life. If he chose to be Saul and exercise his power over the situation with his mighty army, there would be much bloodshed and the kingdom would be divided.
At this stage of David's life it would not be surprising for David to follow the way of Saul. His pride of years of leading the nation could have easily swayed his actions. However, David decided to vacate the City of David. Just as he had done years before with King Saul, he chose death to his future. He would not take matters into his own hands. Absalom, in fulfillment of a prophecy given to David by Nathan, came into the city and laid with David's concubines on the roof as an "in your face" symbol of rebellion. However, in the omnipotence of God, Absalom had an accident on his horse and was caught by Joab, David's general and killed, despite David's instruction not to harm his son. The kingdom was returned to David.
We are all tempted to become Sauls. We fight injustice and try to control outcomes and make sure we get what we are entitled to. However, the way of the cross requires a death process to outcomes, our perceived futures and injustices. It is when we release and die to our own will that we see our destinies resurrected.
Do you find yourself in an isolation chamber? Perhaps you are a change agent in the making. Perhaps there is a deposit God is seeking to make into your life that will be used for many others. If so, let God do the deeper work through this isolation period. Let him temper those things in you that have needed to be tempered. Learn to listen during this time and let God develop intimacy with you by spending focused time of praise, study, prayer and quiet listening.
"You've been taken by the wind,
You have known the kiss of sorrow,
Doors that would not let you in,
Outcasts and a stranger,
You have come by way of sorrows
You have come by way of tears,
But you'll reach your destiny.
Meant to find you all these years,
Meant to find you all these years.
You have drunk a bitter wine,
None to be your comfort,
You who once were left behind,
Will be welcomed at love's table.
You have come by way of sorrows,
You have taken the long way home,
But the love that waits for you,
You will one day come to know.
You will one day come to know.
All the nights that joy has slept,
Will wait til the days of laughter.
Gone the tears that you have wept,
You'll dance in freedom thereafter,
You have come by way of sorrows,
You've come over a stony ground.
But when love calls out your name,
You will lay your burden down
You will lay your burden down.
--By Way of Sorrow, Cori Moon
 (Ps 142:1-3).
 Charles Swindoll, David, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN 1997 p. 73
 (1 Sam 22:5).
 (Heb 11:38).
 Gen 39:11-12
 Deut 8:2-3
 (2 Samuel 22:20).
 C.S Lewis, Problem of Pain, http://www.christianity.co.nz/suffer8.htm
 (Ps 27:5).
 1 Samuel 16:14
 (Isa 45:3).
 Jeremiah 33:3
 Ps 31:20
 see Psalm 57 and 34 also.
 Ps 91:1,2
 Isaiah 6l:3
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6 Stages of a Change Agent - Mp3 Download or DVD Video, by Os Hillman
So often God recruits His change agents in the midst of personal crisis situations. Every follower of Christ yearns to experience His presence and His power and to be used in His Kingdom. We are all part of a larger story that God desires us be a part of. Os Hillman has studied the lives of change agents and has discovered six unique stages that God often takes them through in their spiritual pilgrimage toward becoming a change agent.