“Paranoia!” May 8


Paranoia - Paranoia, anxiety, stress ... could sin be a root issue?Paranoia, anxiety, stress … could sin be a root issue?


Today’s Readings:
1 Samuel 18 & 19
Psalm 58.1-11
Proverbs 15.27-30
Luke 24.1-35




1 Samuel 18 & 19:

The Wicked Flee When No One Pursues


Two verses stood out to me in chapter 18:

Verse 12, “Now Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, but had departed from Saul.”

That verse sums up what had been going on for a while. David had never done anything but good where Saul was concerned, yet Saul was “afraid” of him. We love putting labels on everything today. Somehow if what we’re going through has a name, it makes us feel better. Today we might call what Saul experienced “paranoia” and the solution might well be medication.

Just putting a label on things doesn’t solve the problem and, while I’m not saying medication is always wrong, in this case, it might have gotten rid of the “bad feelings,” but would not have solved the root issue. In Saul’s case the root was rebellion and disobedience to God’s clear commands. Sin was the root of his paranoia!

Proverbs 28.1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

The other side of that proverb is demonstrated in David’s life:

Verse 14 says, “And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him.”

Several times we are told that “David behaved wisely” and we can see the results as God repeatedly blessed what he did on and off the battle field. He could step out in faith without fear, because he knew God was on his side.


Today’s Other Readings:


Psalm 58.1-11:

Like the Deaf Cobra


I love the imagery in the Psalms. These psalms were written in a day and time when there were no DVDs, no “Live video at 10,” no computer or TV images flashed around the world. So the psalmists used words to paint pictures: “like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,” “let them flow away as waters which run continually,” “let his arrows be as if cut in pieces,” “let them be like a snail that melts away.”

Instead of rejecting the phrases as strange, let them speak to you. Think deeply about what the psalmists were saying as you read their words. That’s one aspect of meditating on God’s Word.


Proverbs 15.27-30:

Think Before You Speak!


tape over mouth be quiet


Verse 28, “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”

God said it long before anyone else, “Think before you speak!”


Luke 24.1-35:

Burning Hearts


I love the story about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As they were walking and talking along the way, the risen Christ showed up. Without recognizing Him they tell Him about all the things that have happened. He in turn:

“… beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (v. 27).”

After their eyes are opened and they recognize Him, they proclaim:

“Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (v. 32).


What About You?

Talk to Him about what you read in the Scriptures as those disciples did. He is alive; He still walks with those who love Him, and He still causes hearts to burn with the fire of the Holy Spirit as He opens our understanding to His truth!

Are you struggling with depression or anxiety or some other negative emotion? While I’m not saying that every mental or emotional problem is a sin issue, we should look at our struggles in light of God’s Word. And if there is any unconfessed sin or pattern of behavior, we should repent and seek God’s forgiveness and help. Sin that is not dealt with can lead to many emotional, mental, and physical symptoms.


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