“Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him” - 1 Sam 16:14 (NIV)
God allowed an evil spirit to torment Saul because he had been rejected for his disobedience (I Sam 15). Sometimes in our Christian walk we too can experience a certain heavy spirit that comes to oppress us. It weighs us down with anxiety and often depression.
Such a tormenting spirit is not necessarily from the Lord as in the case of Saul whose transgressions were so clear and usually it is the enemy only harassing us. The enemy is in that business of moving to and from to harass believers. His intention is one: to draw believers away from the Lord!
For a believer one of the weapon clearly at our disposal is to go down on our knees or rather, rise up and call upon God for deliverance. Of course it is quite impossible for one to do so if his walk with the Lord is distant. In such instance the evil spirit roams and reigns freely. So let’s always be close to the Lord and give the enemy not a single opportunity to weigh us down.
Another is to be a witness. That as believers we too, in spite of our faith, can be weighed down, with the hopeless pain of anxiety is not an embarrassment. We are but in a spiritual battle. In such moments let us be steadfast to rise above all because of the hope we have in him.
And when we are victorious we serve as an encouragement to those who do not know him or those who are struggling and need empathy from only those who have been down.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven today I pray that through faith in you I overcome any tormenting spirit that seeks to draw me away from you!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!