Attentive obedience to God’s word is all that matters when it comes to the leadership of God’s people. Attentive listening is hard work. Attentive obedience is costly. Human leaders always fail when it comes to listening and obeying, and there are a number of reasons why they fail. Not least, they fail because God’s people don’t want the kind of leaders for whom attentive listening is their default. 1 Samuel 15 leaves the reader longing for a leader not of human, but of divine choice.