Thursday – September 27, 2018 – False Humility Leads to Dishonor.
Proverbs 29:23 (NIV) Pride brings a person low,
but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
1 Samuel 15:12 (NIV)Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
False humility isn’t easy to spot. It seems so genuine at first. Sometimes you don’t even know it is false until a collapse takes place. The trouble doesn’t usually start on the back end, it starts on the front end. King Saul, Israel’s first king, is the unfortunate example of false humility. It began with his inability to receive the honor that was given to him when he was made king. When they looked for him, he was found hiding in the baggage. He knew that he did not have the ability to rule as king, but he also did not have faith that God would make him into the person that he would need to become in order to rule.
He did not trust God enough to obey Him, so he took matters into his own hands. As he was building renown and fortune for himself, he kept back what irrevocably belonged to God. King Saul kept everything that he considered valuable, while he destroyed the despised and weak. His excuse even sounded godly. He said that he intended to sacrifice the best to the Lord in front of the people. If he ever had faith, it was replaced by fear. 1 Samuel 15:30 Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God.” 31 So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
Saul’s problems increased when he was more concerned about being honored by men then he was about honor from God. As his reign continued, he began to fight against God’s plan as he struggled to maintain the position that God had removed from him. Read 2 Samuel 1:17-27 to see how his life ended.
A valuable lesson to learn is that David, his successor, continued to show honor to Saul in his death, even though he did not deserve it.
Prayer: Lord, help me to honor You above man and to obey Your instructions, even when I think I know better.