I was not expecting this episode to tackle a question I had wrestled with for a while regarding the evil spirit sent from the Lord to Saul but was pleasantly surprised that it did. I appreciate that Why They Did That podcasts don’t neglect to recognize challenging passages in the Bible but make an intentional effort to dig deeper and provide Biblical answers. Adam Patel boldly explained that the evil spirit was permitted by God to be used as a weapon that tried David’s faith (similar experience referenced in 1 Kings 22).
When reading the story of David and Goliath (the starting point), we can be tempted to see it merely for face value—a young, ruddy boy taking down a giant and then running from King Saul who becomes jealous. We can also overlook the fact that David loses his “fire” after victory (as I had not noticed until this episode) and actually runs into enemy territory for refuge (1 Samuel 27). We praise David’s act of victory and the story fades right before us.
The sequential story shows us that our struggles—the highs and lows that David experienced, much like we do—can be explained in the light of the Great Controversy. Thankfully, the spiritual reality is beautiful in Christ—all things work together for the good of those who fear Him. Sometimes, however, like David, we forget that God is in control for our favor and we “run into enemy territory” because of our lack of faith. Let us not remove our trust in God. We wrestle with principalities and powers daily, hence our necessity to have on the whole armor of God, which He provides if we ask.
This battle armor is much different from the armor Saul tried to put on David—a spiritual battle requires spiritual armor and spiritual weapons. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” I’m thankful that we are not left to fight this battle alone, and I am thankful Christ has already won it so we can win it.