In 1 Samuel 13:3,4, we find the first hint at the root of King Saul’s fall – pride. Not that he was proud that Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines, but Saul blew the trumpet. Simply put, Saul took the credit for a victory he never won. He loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
How critical a point this is for us as Christians! We need to remember and proclaim, as Peter and John did in Acts 3:6, 11-16, that every victory, every miracle comes from the Lord to us, and by His design, through us. Are you a personal “horn blower”? You may indeed be gifted, but where did that gift come from? You may be blessed materially, but where did that blessing come from?
The Pharisees sought a reputation; Jesus didn’t. Servants of God don’t and won’t blow their horn because, quite frankly, there is no horn to blow. The glory of a servant of Christ is that Jesus be magnified. “Sauls” leave their fingerprints all over the place. Servants of Christ boast in Him, in His grace, love, and mighty power all day long. We are so mortal that we cannot even boast of tomorrow unless we attach, “if the Lord wills” to it.
May we stand in awe that the living God would not only redeem us, but also fellowship with us and use us in His Kingdom. Perhaps we should put up little reminders in our homes – “No Horn Blowing Allowed!” If we don’t resist that temptation to pride, there will be death in the pot!
To Christ be all the glory for the things He has done, is doing, and will do!