Immersed in Pride

“Then Saul said to his armor bearer, ‘Draw your sword and pierce me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised will come and pierce me through and make sport of me.’ ” (1 Sam 31:4)
 
It has been said that we die like we live. Jesus would state something similar in Matt 26:52, “all who take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
 
When we are first introduced to Saul, he was a moderately humble man by all accounts, but as his fame grew and his power increased, he fed his pride with the privileges of being king. That pride caused him to be suspicious of David when David received praise for killing Goliath. That pride caused him to lose the love of his daughter, Michal, and the respect of his son, Jonathan. And ultimately, that pride made him lose the support of Jehovah, too.
 
And in the waning moments of his life, defeated on the battlefield, what was Saul worried about – that the Philistines would “make sport of” him. We die like we live.
 
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Pr 16:18)
 
Matt. 4:4 #Biblebites

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