“Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality.” 15:9
So close, Saul. He mostly followed through on what God asked of him, but gave in to the pressure he felt from the people.
“Then Saul admitted to Samuel, ‘Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.’ “ 15:24
O, how often we do a sloppy job of obeying God. Later, Saul defends himself, claiming that he was going to sacrifice the spared animals he brought home. God doesn’t want our excuses or our crooked gifts, he wants our whole-hearted obedience.
Reflect on something God has asked of you. Are you obeying him fully? Over the past few years, God has been asking me to unconditionally and intentionally love someone in my life. This person does not make it easy. I often offer up explanations to myself why I shouldn’t have to, or justify the reasons I didn’t. I cave into popular opinion about this person and reject them. These chapters are moving me to repent and ask God to help me surrender my selfish tendencies and obey him fully.