Saul - Managing success

It comes stealthily, hidden in plain sight, that feeling of self-importance, becoming big in your eyes. That was the root cause of Saul's issue, he wanted to please the people because he felt he was now big enough.
Beloved, no matter how big God raises you, never become big in your eyes. Resist the temptation of feeling that you are capable of pleasing everyone, you are not the most high. Do what God instruct you and leave the rest.
Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn't come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. So he demanded..
.."Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!" And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.

Samuel said, "Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.
Saul replied, "I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God."

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