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The shortest route

David's career was charged with a great work; it was portentous with a high destiny. He had been anointed when a lad by Samuel. The Lord had said, "I have provided me a king among the sons of Jesse." And Samuel had taken "the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brethren." He was thus clearly ordained to be king over Israel. His way to the throne was by Adullam. Strange route! To be king over Israel and Judah, he must first become a rebel, a wandering vagabond, known as a chieftain of banditti, hunted about by Saul, the reigning monarch. He must seek refuge in the courts of his country's enemies, the Philistines—being without an earthly refuge, or place to lay his head. Strange way to a throne! Yet the son of David had to go that way, and all the sons of God. The younger brethren of the Crown Prince will have to find their way to their crown by much the same route. But is not this a brave thing? Though Adullam does not look like the way to Zion, where he shall be crowned, David is so confident that what God has said will come to pass, so sure that Samuel's anointing was no farce, but that he must be king, that he praises and blesses God that while he is making of him a houseless wanderer, he is perfecting that which concerns him, and leading him by a sure path to the throne. Now, can I believe that he who promises that I shall be with him where he is, that I may behold his glory—he who gives the certainty to every believer that he shall enter into everlasting happiness—can I believe tonight that he is perfecting that for me—that the way by which he is taking me tonight, so dark, so gloomy, so full of dangers, is, nevertheless, the shortest way to heaven? that he is tonight using the quickest method to perfect that which concerns my soul?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, "Strong Faith in a Faithful God" [emphasis mine]


...Though Adullam does not look like the way to Zion...

Did you ever read Hinds' Feet on High Places? I probably know more women who have read it than men, but anyhow, the above reminded me of one of my favorite vignettes from it:

Much-Afraid is going with the Shepherd to the High Places at the tops of the mountains. After following the path for many days and through much hardship she is overjoyed to finally see the mountains in the distance. The next day the path takes a turn and, suddenly, the mountains are behind her - she appears to be headed directly away from where the Shepherd promised her she will go. She must trust that He will do what He said, despite the situation.