God gave him very specific instructions.
He carried them out ... sort of ... not exactly ... almost.
It didn't make sense to him to carry them out exactly.
His friends encouraged him to do a few things differently. They had some "good" arguments.
I imagine King Saul's reasoning in 1 Samuel 15 was similar to ours when we read God's specific instructions in Scripture.
And we believe ... sort of ... not exactly ... almost.
God's instructions about sexual purity, homosexuality, finances, and self-sacrifice don't make complete sense to us.
And our culture has some "good" arguments for ignoring God's commands.
When Samuel confronted King Saul after his "partial obedience" to God's instructions, Saul made excuses.
Eventually, he repented but only because he didn't want Samuel to embarrass him in front of his men.
And Saul never walked with God again.
What will we do when confronted with compromise in our lives? Will we make excuses and insincere apologies and walk away from God's will for us?
I pray not!
I encourage you to do the Bite Size Study for this devotion. We can learn some valuable lessons from King Saul's life.