The Rock Of Escape: Young People Finding Safety In Jesus To Transform Their World


1 Samuel 23:26-29; Psalm 91:1-2, 4; Matthew 16:18; Revelation 5:5; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:11-12; Matthew 5:14-16


In a world where young people face relentless pressures and temptations, the story of David’s escape from King Saul offers a powerful metaphor for finding refuge and strength. In 1 Samuel 23:26-29, David, the anointed future king of Israel, flees from Saul and finds safety at what becomes known as the Rock of Escape. This rock symbolizes Jesus Christ, our ultimate refuge and savior. As young people navigate the complexities of modern life, turning to Jesus as their Rock can provide the safety and strength needed to fulfill their God-given purpose and transform their world.


David, though chosen by God to be the future king, was pursued relentlessly by King Saul, who recognized David’s potential and sought to eliminate him. Similarly, young people today, anointed with unique talents and a bright future, often face intense opposition from the enemy, who aims to derail their destiny. Just as Saul pursued David with soldiers and weapons, the devil uses temptations such as sexual immorality, laziness, addictions, and despair to hinder spiritual growth and potential.


The devil’s tactics are as varied and cunning today as they were in David’s time. Temptations are designed to exploit our vulnerabilities and lead us astray:

  • Sexual Immorality: Promiscuity and pornography corrupt hearts and minds, leading many away from their intended path.
  • Laziness: Procrastination and a lack of discipline prevent young people from achieving their full potential.
  • Addictions: Substance abuse, gambling, and other addictions ensnare and ruin lives.
  • Despair and Hopelessness: Mental health struggles can lead to feelings of worthlessness and despair, preventing individuals from realizing their potential.

Just as David found himself surrounded and desperate, young people today may feel trapped by these powerful forces. The key to escape lies in the same source David relied on: the Rock of Escape.


David’s escape was not just a physical act but a spiritual one. By seeking refuge at the Rock of Escape, David was trusting in God’s deliverance. For us, Jesus is our Rock. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus declares, “On this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” When we run to Jesus, we find protection, strength, and guidance.

Psalm 91 beautifully encapsulates this promise: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). This psalm assures us that those who take refuge in God are safe from harm. However, it’s crucial not just to run to Jesus but to stay in His presence, for it is there that we find continual safety and fulfillment of our purpose.


Jesus, the Rock of Escape, is also the Lion of Judah. Lions are known for their power and majesty, traits that invoke fear and respect. In Revelation 5:5, Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, who has triumphed. This imagery reminds us of His might and sovereignty.

In the wild, lions are feared, but when they are caged in a zoo, their power seems diminished, and they no longer inspire the same fear. This can serve as a metaphor for how we sometimes perceive Jesus. When we keep Him “caged” in our lives—acknowledging Him but not truly living in His power—we fail to experience the full extent of His protection and guidance. But when we recognize and embrace His true nature, we understand that He is the one who can protect us from all harm.

Similarly, when young people find themselves caged by sexual immorality, laziness, and other destructive behaviors, like a caged lion, the devil will not fear us. However, when we are not caged but continue to roar like a hungry lion, full of zeal and righteousness, the devil will fear us. The Bible reminds us in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” When we live in the fullness of Christ’s power, we can stand firm against the devil’s schemes.


The safety that David found at the Rock of Escape, and that we find in Jesus, is contingent upon our continuous dwelling in His presence. As Psalm 91 highlights, it is the one who dwells in the secret place of the Most High who will find refuge. We are safe as long as we remain in Jesus. This means a daily commitment to prayer, scripture reading, and living in obedience to His will.

Psalm 91:4 further assures us: “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” The imagery of God’s protection is vivid, conveying the warmth, safety, and security we find in Him. Just as a bird protects its young under its wings, God shields us from harm.


Maintaining our refuge in Jesus requires spiritual discipline. Ephesians 6:11-12 encourages us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” By cultivating a strong spiritual life through prayer, worship, and studying the Word, we equip ourselves to resist the devil’s attacks.


By finding safety in Jesus, young people are empowered to transform their world. When we dwell in His presence and live out our faith boldly, we become beacons of light in a dark world. Jesus Himself declared in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Living in the power of Jesus means being proactive in our faith—standing against injustices, showing compassion, and spreading the Gospel. As we rely on the Rock of Escape, we not only find personal safety but also the strength to make a significant impact on those around us.


The story of David at the Rock of Escape is a powerful reminder of where our true refuge lies. In a world where the devil constantly seeks to destroy our future through various means, we must run to Jesus, the Rock of Escape. By staying in His presence, we find not only safety but also the strength and guidance to fulfill our God-given purpose.

As we navigate the challenges of life, let us remember that Jesus, the Lion of Judah, is our protector and savior. He has triumphed over all forces of evil, and in Him, we too can find victory. Let us stay close to the Rock, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, and live out the great future God has planned for us.

Written by Isaac Ansah

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