As as I read the story of Saul’s very quick downfall today, I discovered a fresh definition for pride: it is simply an unhealthy perspective on oneself, where one becomes more important in their eyes than they out to. It’s end is usually a big fat fall.
Have you ever bought fake sun-glasses in down town Kampala? You wear them, and things look bigger, and they even seem to be moving…if you keep those glasses on long enough, you will not see clearly, you may stumble into obstacles and fall, end up with a headache or something… Such is pride. When we start to see ourselves as important in our own eyes, as opposed to knowing that we are important BECAUSE of the finished work of Jesus, it’s only a matter of time before we stumble and fall.
Saul started to think he was wiser than God, and when God gave him instructions, he “improved” them. When Samuel delayed to come and make a sacrifice, he “decided to help”… and Saul lost his position because he became more important in his own eyes.
The medicine for pride is to STAY CONNECTED to God. Once we have a healthy perspective of God, we become confident in who we are in Him, yet at the same time, we become so un-impressed with ourselves apart from Him. And pride vanishes.
Remain small in your own eyes, and He will lift you up. How? Keep a healthy perspective of God. For when a man knows God, he becomes confident only IN GOD, and un-impressed with himself outside God.
1 Samuel 15:17
So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? (Emphasis mine)