Satan can’t do anything without God’s permission. Remember Job? Well before the devil tested Job, he had to get permission from God. It’s not always the devil. We often times give the devil too much credit. God is looking down on us like, “Yo, I did that. That was for my glory. You missing the entire plot”. We have to stop being so quick to say “It’s the devil”. No darling, it’s God! God’s discipline, and it doesn’t feel good. Really, I’m telling you it doesn’t. It’s one of those, don’t try this at home kind of things.
Let’s look at Saul:
Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.
1 Samuel 16:13-14 (NKJV)
I Samuel 16:13 says that when the prophet, Samuel, anointed David, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him from that day forward. Then the very next verse tells us that the Holy Spirit departed from Saul. (That was no accident. There was a shift. A power Shift. A shift in position. A shift in Kingship. But that’s for another post). On that day, the sun rose on David and set on Saul. Saul began his great sink. The Holy Spirit was removed from Saul’s life.
Saul was afflicted with “an evil spirit” as a form of discipline due to his long history of disobedience and rebellion to God’s will. Saul abandoned God and after many opportunities to repent, God abandoned Saul. This caused Saul to become paranoid, troubled, and tormented. He must’ve felt like he was losing his mind!
Living without the Holy Spirit is the worst place you can find yourself in. Your spirit will have no rest. You will have no peace. No comfort. No hope. You will find yourself running around in circles and searching for peace in the wrong place.
At the end of the day, Saul was responsible for his actions. His long-term rebellion was dealt with by a sovereign God. So it is with us. You cannot live a reckless life and not expect to answer to God for your ways. We are God’s children and God disciplines those He loves.
Saul’s state of being was not an accident nor was it caused by a health condition. So remember, when you reject God, you reject His protection, His Holy Spirit, and His will.
Saul’s disobedience caused him to sink. Be wise in the way you live your life. Don’t be about that “sunken place”.
My sister. My Keeper.
I hope you all received that word.