I sam 19:9 But an evil [Harmful] 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, 10 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.
This is an interesting concept. Was David correct in fleeing or should he consider that this was God's will and should submit to Saul's spear? What happens when we encounter something evil or harmful in our lives? I would have to admit that there was a time in my life that this was a serious question for me. If I was told that something came from God and it was dangerous/harmful I would submit, believing that if God sent it then I will be ok. I would have passed the test. Now thankfully, I am not so naive.
Amazing what reading scripture will do for our wellbeing...We look at Jobs life , and we learn that Satan does walk before Gods throne and set life up trying to entice us to "curse God". Later in Zechariah we read that Satan constantly condemns us.
Most of all, what I have learnt recently is what I call the "Smell of Hell". That anything which has as its hallmark Kill, Steal or Destroy (John 10:9) is from the Devil. Sometimes the situation calls for fleeing from the scene like David or Joseph or sometimes it's standing and resist the devil and he shall flee from you as in Ephesians 6. Learning the skill of "Devil Detection" will be a life long process from self-deception to undermining the character of God as a minimum.
I hope to be like the prudent person that turns from danger.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
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