Despite his repeated promises, Saul once again tries to seize David. All attempts to appease him have failed. Time after time, the king of Israel goes back to his evil ways. David seeks refuge in Philistia and the king of Gath allows him to settle in Ziklag. There, he focuses on bringing the nomads in the semi-desert region of the land under his influence—areas that will, from that point on, remain part of Judea. David listens to his inner voice and takes a break from fighting. He uses this time to gather his strength and recruit more men for the struggle against Saul. However, David knows the conflict is not yet over. During times of persecution and crisis, we sometimes must stop, regain our energy, and listen to our inner voice for further instruction.
“And David said in his heart, I shall now perishone day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand” (1 Samuel 27:1)
“Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day” (1 Samuel 27:6)
Flexibility is being able to receive guidance and change course.