But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre, Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.”1 Samuel 19 :9-10
Many of us know the story of David and Saul, but many of us don’t see ourselves as David was truly portrayed. He was a mighty man of valor, highly esteemed with the Lord but he was also battling a personal struggle against someone close to him, King Saul.
The Bible says God placed an evil spirit on Saul for opposing David unrighteously. That shows us when our enemies are coming against us, God is still moving for us, even if your enemy doesn’t appear to be struck. As Saul continued to be jealous of David and seek to kill him, the more the Lord’s anger kindled against Saul. Even though the Lord’s anger kindled against Saul, and God sent demons to discipline him, David was still hiding in the cave suffering for Saul’s attacks!
How many times have you been persecuted and thought the person who is attacking you continued to get away with it? Many times I’m sure. It almost seems as if the more you pray, the more your enemy continues to oppose you. And if you are thinking along those lines, you are correct. The Bible says that God put a Spirit on Saul causing him to continue to attack David, God also put this very same spirit on pharaoh against Moses (Exodus). Anyone who’s unwilling to humble themselves for God, makes themselves an enemy to God. But as God is fighting them for you, He allows you to suffer through it, why? “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).
Your suffering is producing the fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) It’s teaching you how to endure, and rely on God. Just as David was encouraging himself in the Lord, by himself in the cave; we need to have the same mental fortitude to worship and pray our way out of difficult situations in our lives. Just because you don’t feel God moving, does not mean He is not moving. This is why He tells us to have faith of a mustard seed.(Matthew 17:20) Our faith will activate His movement over our situation. David wasn’t complaining, David was worshiping, it was the worshiping in spirit and in truth that made God fight his battles for him. And even though he felt like his storm was continuing, God was continuing to move behind the scenes in his life.
We have to remember that we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with spirits. (Ephesians 6:12) God is a spirit fighting your real enemy, Satan, in the spiritual realm. Just because you don’t see the fight here in the natural realm on earth, does not mean that there isn’t serious warfare happening in the atmosphere.
Before you think about giving up, before you faint, before you begin to complain, just remember that God is fighting your battle behind the scene. Continue to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Run well.