I Samuel 27:7 says: “The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.” The chapter begins with David thinking that Saul would eventually kill him if he stayed in Israel, so he fled to Philistia, to live with Israel’s enemies. Verse 7 then tells us that the number of days he stayed there was only a year and four months. At the time it must have been very difficult, to live among the very enemies of God’s people, and he must have wondered how long it would last.
The truth was, it would not last long, and would be very brief: only 16 months. And little did David know, that at the end of that time, he would finally be elevated to be King of Israel. The hour of his difficulties was just about over. He would look back on it later and it would have been short, necessary time in the span on his life, just “a year and four months.”
Many of us can look back on such times: episodes in our lives which were very painful or difficult, which at the time seemed to drag on, but were actually for a brief time. Some of us may find ourselves in such a time right now. It may seem like we will be in this position forever — but we won’t. Like David, one day we will look back and will be able to see that it was just a brief episode, necessary for God’s purposes in our lives and for the advancement of His Kingdom and glory. In the mean time, we must persevere, and remember: this won’t last forever; it is just for a “number of days.”