Why did Kish’s donkeys have to go astray? Why did Kish have to send his son Saul to go look for them? The servant should have just gone by himself. Why did God have to choose Saul? I remember Purple sharing my sentiments. She said, “God would have just let Saul be.” He seemed very much okay leading a normal life.
But then, there wouldn’t be this story to tell if God had let Saul be. When David so effortlessly shines through 1st Samuel for his regard and much respect for God in utter humility, it is very easy to forget Saul. If he crosses your mind, it is very easy to see him as the guy you would very much like to burn in a tire especially for tormenting your “hero” David.
I feel this however, behind every human being that would like to take a page out the David humility book, lies a human being with pride like Saul’s.
Like most of us, Saul really loved God, he seeked guidance from Him and he obeyed Him. Where he fell short of being obedient, it would be because he thought his way was better or because he listened to what people would say forgetting God’s ways are not our own. Just like most of us. When he would be sorry, it would be sincere all through even to David but because he never let go of his pride, he would still fall short, to the end where he would rather kill himself at war than have a Philistine kill him. See, pride might kill you; more often than you think, literally.
Pride stops us from going before God with an open heart. Pride makes us view ourselves as nothing like Saul and everything like David. It makes us regard our righteousness as the epitome of perfection.