The Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul the moment he left Samuel, after he was anointed to become king. The Bible says that God made him a different person. The Lord had also helped Saul defeat the army of the Ammonites when they came against the town of Jabesh, rescuing the people, when His Spirit once again came upon Saul.
The Lord had sent a thunderstorm in the middle of the dry season to show his power and might. And Samuel reminded them of all the other amazing things that God had done for them before.
Now, another army is coming against them, and King Saul’s soldiers are shaking in their boots. Fear is a natural human emotion, but the Lord had continued to prove Himself to them over and over again, so they knew they had a Helper to watch their backs. Other soldiers had run off and left, and suddenly Saul, the one who had been anointed, the one who had become a different person, the one upon whom the Spirit of the Lord had come again and again took on the fear and the worry of the others around him, and he began to worry, as well.
Not only that, but Samuel, who was supposed to come and offer sacrifices to the Lord for them, had not yet come. Where was he!? (enter nail-biting)
Saul, let all of this fear and worry from these outside sources drive his choices, and he took matters into his own hands. If that doesn’t sound like us, I don’t know what does.
Things look scary, people say things that drive up our fear, worry, or anxiety, and it doesn’t seem like help is anywhere to be found. All the while, the Holy Spirit…the Comforter…is living inside of us. The One who gives peace, who guides us into all understanding, who leads us into the right paths, is living within us, and is ready to help us make choices that are not driven by outside circumstances, but by faith, by hope, by truth, trust, and peace.
Not only does the spirit of fear not come from the Lord; but when we keep our eyes on Him, He allows His perfect peace to be ours. With that peace guarding our minds and hearts, we are able to trust Him to fight our battles, just like He’s done in the past; and go forth, in victory!
Don’t bite those nails,