The World According to Saul

Michael Beck

“Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds; That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?” (1 Samuel 22:7,8)

God has not given us a spirit of fear. He is not the author of paranoia, imaginations, and delusion. He is the God of truth and He desires to guide us into all truth. Without His working in our minds we are so apt to go “off the rails.” We “see” things that are simply not there. We believe things that are simply not true.

When someone is operating in their own version of events it is very difficult to break them free. They end up hating anyone who would counter their “facts.” The narrative of a an unsound mind becomes their “truth.” To escape such a snare we must be committed to the truth. If we would be wise we must be willing to be dumb, knowing nothing.

Saul was so sure he knew what was going on around him. But he was demonized. Devil powers take advantage of a mind that is not sober and vigilant. Saul allowed envy and self-pity to work in his spirit. These are the things which allow devilish “wisdom” to gain a foothold in our mind.

To be ignorant of the devil’s devices is to let him gain a foothold in you. (2 Cor. 2:11) He will create for you a “fictional” world, where you are being victimized by non-existent villains. Your closest family and friends may become evil and dangerous enemies you must get rid of. What can be done to stop such a descent into madness? Humble yourself before God. Ask His forgiveness for thinking you are so wise. Implore Him to order not only your actions, but your thoughts, from now on. Knowing the truth will set you free from a world that only exists in your own mind.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.