I was trying to clean up my computer a few weeks ago and I stumbled upon one of my philosophy notes. Arrrgghhh!!! it brought back memories. One of such was a lecture about the seven deadly sins. My classmates and I had to choose one of the sins and present on it to the whole class. So, I got inspired to do the same. This time, however, the sins will be introduced in a Biblical manner. I got a team of well-rounded individuals to work on this project with me. For the next seven weeks, we will deal with these sins, and you will get to read from different writers as well.
There are only a few people in the Bible that I’ve ever envied. One of them is the very famous King David. Perhaps one of the reasons I like him is his flow with words. Read the book of Psalms and you would get to understand what I mean. Now, he gets my attention every single time. I’ve coveted the title that he has- A man after God’s own heart. I would like it to read instead, Ola- A woman after God’s own heart. So, of course I did what I was trained to do. I have degrees that have taught me the art of deep diving and getting the best results from research. What I’ve learnt with my training so far is not to restrict yourself to what you might find. Which is why thesis statements are always somewhat flexible.I wasn’t surprised with my findings on David’s life as well. I started out looking into the life of David, and I was made to look into the life of his predecessor- King Saul. I found out that getting to know more about his story got me to appreciate David a whole lot more.
Oh, if I haven’t said it, the sin I’m talking about today is the sin of Pride.
The Full Picture of King Saul:
- How he was introduced to us (1 Sam. 9:1-10): The Bible paints a picture of a very handsome man, more than all the other children of Israel (he was tall and easy to look at). He honored his father by obeying his instructions to go look for the missing donkeys. He was also considerate coz when it became dark, he told his servant they had to go home because his father will be worried ( a child that respects his curfew). He was also humble enough to listen to his servant’s idea to go to a prophet who could help them search for the donkeys. Well, Saul went to the man of God and he got a different answer from what he planned. Prophet Samuel told him he would be king. I think I would have laughed that the prophet was probably confused for taking me for someone else. Like, excuse me, I’m here for the missing asses, not to be King, thank you very much!!!! God must have seen how important he thought his father’s business to be, that he knew he’d be that diligent as a King as well. This man I’m talking about doesn’t sound very much like a proud person does he? Well, in my experience writing a master’s thesis on some of the best villains, I’ve come to learn that sometimes it’s those insignificant things that can change a good person.
- God’s Plans for Saul (1 Sam. 9:17): Even before Saul got to Samuel, God had already spoken about him to Samuel. Doesn’t that make you wonder who God has told about you too? 1 Sam. 9:17 reads that when Samuel saw Saul, God reminded him that Saul was the one He had spoken about (paraphrased). It took Saul going on an assignment, and obeying the words of his servant to appear before Samuel. What do you have to do to appear before the person God has told about you? Saul didn’t even get to speak about his reason for being there and Samuel was honoring him. While they were dining, Samuel revealed God’s plans to Saul. God had chosen him to be the first king over his people, Israel. You see, you don’t have to be a big deal for God to single you out. Just make yourself available and wait for instructions, and God will make you seen. Saul didn’t think he deserved it coz of his background, but God needed just that small start of his to show His glory. Long story short, Samuel anointed Saul and told him there would be signs to confirm God’s plans Read 1 Sam. 10:1-8). In short, Saul was even a wise man for not disclosing God’s plans for him to his uncle. God anointed Saul even before the people of Israel asked for a King. Isn’t God just thoughtful that way?
- Then Comes the Pride: I really wanted to judge Saul for his actions… you know the self-righteous kind. But I could see traces of myself in him, and judging became quite difficult. I wonder if you’re no different from me. Sometimes we do “good things” at times when we know it’s not the right thing to do…. best case of misplaced priorities. Saul, in his eyes, was doing the “right thing” for his people. I mean, Samuel was wasting their time when there was an enemy right in front of them to conquer and he’s close enough with God to offer right sacrifices. Can you relate with this? At first, I was hesitant to call this pride, but then I realized it indeed was. He was favored enough to be crowned king, but he wanted to be seen as the one who would deliver his people. I told you… the little things matter. If he could have trusted God enough to do what He could. And Saul did it again!! I definitely would like to think that if there are negative consequences for some of our actions, then we would learn the error of our ways. But we can be really stubborn. We might not do it the same way, but it’d come in another form. This time, Saul did the same thing but in a different format. Saul wanted to show (now watch this), that he could give God the best sacrifices from one of the great kingdoms that God helped him conquer. Like, God deserves the glory for helping us get this victory, so let me give Him the fattest from the spoils of the land. Pride can mask itself as something else. He was really deceived into thinking what he did was right. What he was doing instead was a show of his strength.
The little things we do can have some ripple effects. Saul’s pride cost him all of God’s plans for him. I mean, God loved him so much that He was ready to establish Saul’s kingdom forever. One man’s pride disqualified his whole family. This makes me remember one Christian movie…. “Just a Little Sin.” No sin is considered too little not to have some consequences. Beware of Pride!!!!
With exceeding love,
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It’s interesting how little things can either make us or destroy God’s amazing plan for our lives. Embedded in that 5 letter word ‘PRIDE’ is greatness and fall. If we choose the opposite of that word, Humility, greatness is experienced. But, when pride is chosen, a fall or dishonor is inevitable. Being humble is not a sign of weakness, but wisdom that exalts. Only the meek will he teach and guide. We all fall victim to pride, but we can overcome it.
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Thanks a lot for reading. I like that last part… we all at some point or the other have been prideful… thank God for the grace not to let it get the best of us.
I think pride is the most ubiquitous, subtle, and pervasive of the seven deadly sins. Perhaps that conclusion may be reached at the end of the seven-post discussions here. Yes, it does mask itself as something else. “The deceitfulness of sin…” , the scripture calls it. Sometimes it seems pleasing. Catching the best of most of us unawares. We can’t but always remember to pray “Dear Lord, please save…”
My take home from this is similar to a verse in the Bible that says that a way can seem right to a man but the end of it is destruction. Pride is indeed subtle and we must constantly seek God for direction and try to hear his voice. We must also obey His command, and as He says, obedience is better than sacrifice. * Eye opening piece Ola
You know, that Bible verse sums it up nicely. Thanks a lot for reading Nonso