FRIDAY January 18, 2019
So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots.”
1 Samuel 8:10-11
God allowed a man named Saul to be king. As a man called to lead God’s people, he had the choice to do what was right or wrong. Sadly, he would become a weak king and a weak leader.
When God called Saul, from the very beginning he was so humble. Yet I believe, he had a false humility, and God saw right through it. When Saul was to be anointed king, the leaders of Israel could not even find him––this showed his weakness, not his strength (1 Samuel 10:17-25). Saul did not like to confront situations, and he always justified his actions. He was full of excuses.
Saul was going to use the people of Israel. He would take their sons and daughters for himself and make them work. The finest men would be assigned to be in his army. The daughters would become perfumers, cooks and bakers––sad (I Samuel 8:12-17). What does that show us? Saul was a self-made man. He did not genuinely love the people––he would use the people to build his own kingdom, for his own glory.
As a leader, you can become a Saul, which is man’s choice, or you can become a David––a man after God’s own heart––God’s choice. It is up to you. Through false humility, you can become a Saul. Honestly, if you have to avoid confrontations, you are weak. You have to be able to speak straight and truthfully before God and man. When you are in the wrong, you must be humble before the Lord and be able to repent.
There is nothing more awful than conscious humility; it is the most satanic type of pride.
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