Evil Spirits from the Lord?
1 Samuel 16:14 tells us about an evil spirit that came from the Lord that troubled Saul. What does that mean? It is important to notice that because Saul was no longer listening to the Lord, as we see in 1 Samuel 15:26, God directed the prophet Samuel to anoint David as king in place of Saul. The Bible says thatwhen Samuel poured the horn of holy oil on the young shepherd “the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13). Then in verse 14 it says that “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him”
The Bible says “The spirit of the Lord depart from Saul.” That would be the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came upon David and left Saul. It is important to understand that when God’s Spirit goes out of a person, the devil’s spirit goes in. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30 that “He that is not with me is against me” Nobody is neutral. Everyone has varying degrees of either God’s Spirit or the spirit of the enemy. To the same extent that we empty ourselves of self, God can fill us with His Spirit.
When the Bible says that “a spirit from the Lord troubles Saul,” it doesn’t mean that God said, “I’ve got a devil that I’m going to give to you.” As evidence, look at the story of Job. When the devil came to the Lord and wanted to plague Job, he couldn’t do anything until after God had withdrawn His protection from Job. After God withdrew his protection from Job, He said, “He is in thine hand; but save his life” (Job 2:6) The next verse says, “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils” (Job 2:7). So Satan went forth from the Lord, not because God sent Him, but because God allowed it. When the Bible says that an evil spirit came from the Lord, it means that God withdrew His protection from Saul after Saul rejected Him. When God withdrew His protection from Saul, these devils were allowed to bring a depression upon him. The Bible is clear that God does not send temptation. “Let no man say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted of God:’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” (James 1:13). God allows temptation to come in order to strengthen our characters but He doesn’t send it. Amen.