To begin with, Moses was humble; Saul was insecure.
Moses had his insecurities, for sure. There are at least five (count ‘em, five!) “but, Lords…!” in that whole discussion about who was going to do the talking to Pharaoh. However, Moses was humble enough to be honest with God about them, and in so doing, God provided for him in the very midst of those insecurities. In fact, we see Moses’ character develop into quite an assertive leader. And it started with humble honesty.
King Saul, on the other hand, had a crippling fear of man; that is, he was ruled, not by what God thought, but by what the people thought, or what he thought the people thought. We see this several times throughout Saul’s tenure, but an interesting thing happens after one particular battle which was quite successful, at least in Saul’s eyes… Continue reading “Humble versus Insecure—and the value of “But, Lord…!””