March 13, 1 Samuel 15:10-16
I've always loved the sarcasm and humor of Samuel expressed here. Verse 10 can give us some problems understanding. Does God do things that He later regrets? How can The sovereign God, omnipotent and all knowing do something to regret? A better translation might be that God is sorrowful for the people who wanted Saul as king. Israel suffers by his disobedience as will any nation with a disobedient leader. Samuel finds Saul who claims to have done as commanded, in more modern terms Samuel replies; Really? Saul blames the people for keeping the cattle, he says they are to be sacrificed. It's kind of like praying to win the lottery so you can give more to God's work. The motivating factor in both cases is greed. None of us can be obedient in all things but all of us are called to do some specific things. Be obedient in that calling.