Even to the day of his death, Samuel never again visited Saul. Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord regretted He had made Saul king over Israel.
The end of many good, God-ordained leaders has come through self-serving pride.
Power and pride are a dangerous combo. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Pride convinces us that we deserve it.
Earlier in the chapter, we see that Saul has set up a monument to himself. It’s almost funny that the One who was so shy and reticent in the beginning is now openly disobeying the One who made him king and is honoring himself. It would be funny were it not so tragic. Pride has gained a foothold and the power has gone to his head. He has lost sight of the One who gave him the power in the first place. The consequences of such are grave.
Pride is insidious and defensive. It speaks to us from the inside out making the case for self honor. It seeks to persuade us that we are our own god just as the enemy convinced Eve and Adam in the beginning. ‘You will not surely die. You will become like God, knowing good and evil.’
Maybe it truly is the original sin. At the bottom of most every sin is Self and whispering in Self’s ear is pride saying, ‘No one should tell you what to do. You are your own god. You know what is best.’ Or maybe it’s more subtle than that. In any case, when self-serving pride rears its ugly head in a person the end is always destruction.