Complete obedience is synonymous with loyalty. Britannica describes loyalty as a person’s devotion to another person or group of persons. That’s not too different from obedience, which may be described as compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority. God is the one who initiated the Amalekites destruction, but it had to be on His terms. Please don’t play smart for God. He was here before you came. He created every Smart alec. He knows the boundaries of His instructions. Well, Saul thought otherwise. He decided to spare some. The key to his disobedience is in verse 9. Samuel was grieved and God regretted for giving Saul the lead. This is v.11 in NLT “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel cried all night. Obeying God did not need to feed his military ego. It needed to be a loyal response. How do you react to Gods instructions? Christ became because he obeyed the father. Disobedience berates the love of God and questions its motives. Luke 11:28; John 14:23-24. When we align our actions to Gods instructions, its an act of worship. Obey God today.
And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. 1 Samuel 15:8, 10-11 KJV