(June 29, 2014)
Living the hills, away from the comforts of home and family, is something that I can somewhat understand. Doing so because of something that others believe that isn’t true is also something that I understand. But there are greater lessons to be learned out of this chapter than just those two things. In fact, the greater two lessons seem to be these. First, just because you are living in the wilderness doesn’t mean that you will forever be living in the wilderness. Second, just because you are innocent of the charges against you that lead you into the wilderness now doesn’t mean that you will forever remain innocent. David, ultimately, sinned despite his time of innocence in the wilderness. It is important to remember that correct behavior at one time (even if the world believes you are not living correctly) does not guarantee correct behavior in the future – living correctly requires constant and lifelong effort whether anyone believes you or not.