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Spirit of the Lord

April 15, 2013

1 Samuel 16:14

But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.


This verse puzzled me this morning. I know God as good, loving and filled with Grace and Mercy. Why or how could the Lord send a distressing spirit upon King Saul?

The Blue Letter Bible is a website I use for tough pieces of scripture, I read the commentary by David Guzik for this scripture and I wanted to share what I learned. But first I need to bring you up to speed on the context of this verse.

In 1 Samuel 15, King Saul rejects the Word of the Lord by following his own wants and desires rather than obeying God’s Word (be careful of this in your own life), command and instruction to him. Because of this, God removed His Spirit from King Saul.

Once this spirit was removed from King Saul, he no longer has the spiritual protection he previously had. The Bible says that the devil is a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). This was an opportunity to good for the devil to pass up.

God is a good God, and wants good for our lives, however we must realize that we can separate ourselves from His Spirit, which in turn is our spiritual protection. God will never remove His Spirit from us, but because of our actions, our heart or our mindset we may turn from His Spirit. Only complete and total repentance of our heart and our actions can bring us back into His Love, Grace and Mercy.

Lets Pray,

Heavenly Father, I am a sinner. I need your help for strength, wisdom and guidance every day. I ask that you cleanse me from my wicked ways. Don’t let me disguise ugliness with blindness. Help me to truly see things for the way they are in my life. Help me to turn from the things that will separate me from your love and your Spirit. In Jesus’ mighty name, AMEN!



From → Nibble of Bread

  1. Mike Sands permalink

    In chapter 15 verses 20 and 21 Saul tells Samuel that he did obey the voice of the LORD and utterly destroyed the Amelekites and that he brought back the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things to sacrifice to the LORD. But this was not true. He wanted all these things for himself and the LORD knew this. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). In Chapter 15 verses 22 and 23, Samuel tells Saul that to obey is better than to sacrifice. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

    • When you quickly read over that passage you could actually miss that, at least I did the first time. And it is so true how we can all do that in our own sin, we justify and declare our wrongful disobedience was to ultimately bring God Glory. But as scripture says and you pointed out, He sees our heart.

      Verses 22 and 23 really stuck out to me, powerful comparison of wrongs.

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