AA0342491 Samuel 16:14-23 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil[a] spirit from the Lord tormented him.15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

Saul showed all the classic signs and symptoms in today’s passage of what we would classify in today’s world, mental illness, including wide mood swings, and fits of depression and anger. Any person can develop these types of crippling emotional setbacks for many reasons. In this case, scripture shows us that “a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled” Saul (16:14). Sauls heart was turned from God, so God knowingly allowed the affliction of the Spiritof distress-maybe a demonic influence-to occur. Not all mental disorders are a resut of direct demonic influence, but like any sickness or disease, many of the battles over our minds is a result of the fall, and Satans presence in this world. Some are a result of physical or chemical inbalances and can be treated like any other disease. In either case, the mind can be an incredible influence on us and needs to be gurded with prayer, and meditation on God’s word. That my friends is the best way to handle the affliction that so many face. That and compassion towards those facing it.

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