Could guilt lead to paranoia? Could those feelings of guilt and anxiety be God’s early warning system to keep us from experiencing deeper emotional issues? And what happens when we ignore those warnings?
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Paranoia, anxiety, stress … could sin be a root issue?
1 Samuel 18 & 19
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.”