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Why did God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul? First Samuel 16:14 says, “The Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him." First, the evil spirit was “from” the Lord in that it was allowed by God to harass Saul. It is likely that this evil spirit was part of God’s judgment upon Saul for his disobedience (1 Sam.13:1, 15:1–35). God removed His Spirit from Saul and allowed an evil spirit to torment him. Second, the evil spirit was used to bring David into the life of Saul. This account is recorded immediately following David’s anointing as the future king of Israel. When the king’s servants saw the torment Saul was enduring, they suggested, “for someone who can play the lyre.” (1 Sam.16:15–16). One of the king’s servants referred David to the king, describing the youth as a great harp player, among other things (v.18). Saul called David to come and found him to be a great comfort. It is important to note that this evil spirit that troubled Saul was only temporary. A related question is, does God send evil spirits to torment people today? There are examples of individuals in the New Testament being turned over to Satan or demons for punishment (Acts 5:1–11). If God does allow evil spirits to torment people today, He does so with the goal of our good and His glory (Rom.8:28). They never act independently of God’s sovereign and perfect will and purpose. If believers suspect they are being tormented by demonic forces, the first response is to repent of any known sin. Then we should ask for wisdom to understand what we are to learn from the situation. Then we are to submit to whatever God has allowed in our lives, trusting that it will result in the building up of our faith and the glory of God.