In our OT passage we see Saul once again disobeying God and attempting to gloss over his sin, and he paid a high price for it.
In 15:11 God says that He regrets having made Saul king. My Life Application Bible says this....
was he saying he had made a mistake? God's comment was an expression of sorrow, not an admission of error. An omniscient God cannot make a mistake; therefore, God did not change his mind. He did, however, change his attitude toward Saul when Saul changed. Saul's heart no longer belonged to God, but to his own interests.
In v12 we see Saul building a monument to honor himself instead of giving glory to God. How far he has fallen so quickly! He went from hiding among the luggage to prideful disobedience and self-aggrandizement.
Saul's empty sacrifices could not make up for a disingenuous heart. Motive is key, and Saul failed the test. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason is still wrong. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason but wanting to take all the credit is also still wrong. The heart is key.
And when God chose the next king of Israel, He made it clear to Samuel that He judges, not on appearance or height, but on the heart.
What is our heart like? Is our heart reflective of someone whom God would choose to hold a place of great responsibility, or to lead a nation?
We may not lead a nation, but we lead someone - whether it's our children, or simply the people around us.
As our NT passage shows us, we need God's power to grow in godliness. Our pursuit of holiness proves our faith to be genuine, and is something we need to be proactive about and for which we need to rely completely on God.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Samuel 17-18; 2 Peter 2