Being wrongly suspicious


1Samuel 18:9: Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

David did not have a plan to harm King Saul, but he would not be convinced otherwise. Even his son, Jonathan could not get Saul to see things differently (1Samuel 20:26-33). He was fully in the grips of the emotion called suspicion.

After the victory over Goliath (killed by David) and the Philistines, the women of Israel decided to elevate David above Saul in their songs, which did not go down well with the king, who immediately saw David as being a threat to his kingship, since in his mind the people now preferred David to him (1Samuel 18:6-9). So Saul committed himself to seeing the end of David.

His suspicion was stirred by envy and it quickly led to hatred, then a few murder attempts and David had to run away from his life.

When a leader is wrongly suspicions of the followers then we have a recipe spiritual abuse. Saul used his position to make life difficult for David. Even his parents had to leave town (1Samuel 22:3-4). That was how risky being suspicious made King Saul, as David was fearful of his parents’ life.

That is why Peter said that leaders should not act as lords over the lord’s heritage, the people of God, but be their helpers (1Peter 5:1-4). A suspicious leader is a dangerous one. He is always protecting his position and not protecting the flock, and justifies it in bizarre manners. As a leader, you should be secure enough in your calling and your placement by God in your position (if he is the one who put you their) and not be threatened by any one.

Jesus, in order to not have a suspicion-ridden church when he went to heaven, told the disciples to individually be focused on being the greatest in service, saying: the greatest will be the most ardent in service.  If leaders are focused on who will serve the most, and not on personal prestige, then the leaders would not be unnecessarily suspicious, like Saul. Using himself as an example, Jesus said that he has not come to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:25-28).

Paul wrote: “Let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus. Though he was in the form of God, he did not count it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking on the form of a servant (Philippians 2:5-11).” If we can make ourselves of no reputation, then Satan would to trap us with the chain of suspicion. What would anyone want to take from us, which would cause us to be suspicious of them, since we are all full of about God and emptied of self?

James said that envy gives the right condition for the operation of Satan (James 3:13-16). It is the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:25-26). With envy you confirm that you are only after your own agenda and not God’s. Then we would be fighting one another, not recognising that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and power, against the operations of the devil (Ephesians 6:12). We would not be rightly focused. We are meant to resist the devil and not one another. But when I am suspicious of you, I cannot receive from you.

The Pharisee could receive neither from John the Baptist and Jesus because they were suspicious of them. They sent people to find out what kind of stuff John was made of (John 1:19-25), but down the road it was clear that they did not believe him (Matthew 21:24-27). Their need to keep their position would not allow them to admit that God was truly doing something new in their day for which he did get their permission.

They were also envious of Jesus Christ and so could not believe in him. They were not interested in doing the will of God but holding on to positions. They were suspicious of Jesus, and tried to set traps for him, asking him trick questions (Mark 12:13-17). (If people ask you trick questions, they are likely suspicious of you.)

Trust is the foundation of every relationship. However, when you “trust” that the person you are dealing with has a secret desire to harm you, that is the beginning of the end of that relationship. When the devil sowed suspicion in the heart of Eve concerning the commandment God (which he gave to her and her husband) it was the beginning of the end of their relationship with God. Suspicion is that potent.

They were wrongly suspicions of God (Genesis 3). The devil had told them that it was because God was insecure in his position that was why he repressed them, telling them to not eat a particular fruit. He made them insecure in their obedience.

Instead of being suspicious of the devil, they were suspicious of God; instead of resisting the devil they resisted God through disobedience born of distrust and delusive suspicion.

Whatever you are suspicious of, you avoid in fear, if you cannot avoid the person physical you will avoid the person emotionally. After being fed on suspicion, they (Adam and Eve) did not see God as the God of love anymore; they saw him as intent on harming them.

Being wrongly suspicious gives a twisted view of the object of that suspicion, the mind is devoid of the ability to view the other person objectively, and the reasoning is drowned in the muddled water of suspicion and fear.

But there is an antidote for this: it is called love. The bible says that perfect love casts out all fear (1John 4:17-18). Love is the freedom to believe all things (1Corinthians 13), to be trusting. We should strive to be made perfect in love. The world does not teach you this. But there is security in the love of God, which gives you the freedom to love others without holding back. Jesus said: a new commandment I give you: love one another (John 13:34).

A man running on suspicion cannot be stable, he will not be balanced. People put on the garment of suspicion even without any reason for it, but that is just a cover for the fear-bondage that they are in, and exposes their emotional insecurity.

There is no other source of security apart from recognising and being in the full embrace of the love of God. When you know that God has your back, you don’t have to worry that anyone is seeking to stab you in the back. You can then live free from the burden of being suspicious.

That is definitely one of the weight we should lay aside to be able to be the best in our purpose in life (Hebrews 12:1-2), moving at the speed of the love of God.

To be overly suspicious is a sign of spiritual blindness. The Pharisees, looking at Jesus from their lens of suspicion declared that Jesus is from the devil, but Jesus rightly diagnosed them, saying that they are blind (can’t get the accurate picture of things) and would soon fall into the pit (John 9:39-41, Matthew 15:14).


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