“Humility Over Pride”

“Humility Over Pride”



                As they say,

one poor decision often leads to another and such is the case with King

Saul.  After taking matters into his own

hands with the burnt offerings, he now continues his mindset of usurping God’s

process and justifying his sin.  However,

this time it is on a much larger scale. 

God had instructed Samuel to tell Saul to utterly wipe out the

Amalekites because of their mistreatment of the Israelites on their way out of

Egypt.  Saul, however, had other plans in

mind.  He thought he could save some of

the flocks for future sacrifices and spare the King Agag by keeping him

hostage.  Saul later reveals that this

was the idea of the people and that they had swayed him to keep the choice

flocks, when Saul had let the power of being King go to his head.  Now, not only would his kingdom not endure,

it would be divided and God was going to give the throne to someone else.  This was such a big disappointment in the

eyes of God that I Samuel 15.35 tells us that “the LORD regretted that He had

made Saul king over Israel”.  Solomon

(ironically Saul’s grandson) would later tell us that “pride goes before

destruction” (Proverbs 16:18).  Pride has

a very tempting, yet destructive allure. 

Let’s all try to remain humble in the sight of the Lord and allow Him to

lift us up.

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