1 Samuel 9 … Consider Him Who Has Regarded His People

I found myself distracted this morning.

We live in distracting times. Watching the news has become a feat to be tackled by only the brave and the strong. There is no shortage of items to fret over with political conflicts, threats of war and violence, economic hardships, family breakdowns.

Of course not all distractions are evil; there are plenty of virtuous ways we can become distracted. Our family, friends, work and ministry all deserving our love and attention can often times demand more fuel than our energy tank holds; and the distraction of “how will I ever get it all done?” sets in.

Fears worries, questions, concerns, over-commitment and the every day demands of life all offer ample opportunities for distractions.

As I began reading Samuel 1:9, I was distracted: news stories ran through my mind; the state of my own country after elections; concerns for my family and others’ needs; the return of yesterday’s celebratory success for my daughter’s high school students in their drama competition repeatedly emerged into my thoughts; and not to mention, I was still reeling from the people’s rejection of Almighty God as their King in 1 Samuel 8.

The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them…21 Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the Lord’s hearing. 22 The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.” [1 Samuel 8:7, 21-22]

Then enter the incomparably, handsome, and in the beginning humble, Saul. And unfortunately, I know how his story unfolds, and the distractions of wondering why… why did God choose Saul as king at all?

So many distractions, some extremely fretful, some joyful, and some stemming from my finite mind; but each one vying for His place on the throne of my heart and mind.

And then I read His Words, His grace filled Words of His truth and life and love.

“For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.” [9:16]

He breaks through, into the lives of His disobedient and stiff-necked children; He breaks through, for He Has Regarded His People.

This word translated, regarded in the NAS is a verb meaning to see.

From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: 7200. רָאָה rāʾāh, רֹאֶה rōʾeh: A verb meaning to see… to perceive… to be concerned with… to take heed… to discern… to distinguish.

His people cry and He hears. He hears and He sees, perceives, is concerned and takes heed.

And in the midst of my fretting, my joy, and my questions, His great truth broke through, clearing away the distractions, “For I have regarded My people…”

Consider Him Who Has Regarded His People

Nothing escapes His notice; nothing escapes His attention; and nothing shall escape His perfect will. What more do we need?

Often as we read accounts of His flawed children, it is easy to get distracted and fix our attention on the costly detours chosen in rebellion. But what deserves our attention is His truth, He Has Regarded His People, not to merely observe, but to intentionally act and accomplish His perfect will.

Unbelievably, His Regard for His People was a response to His children’s cries for another king. But even in the face of rejection and sin, He was setting into motion His plan, to demonstrate His definitive Regard for His People in providing the way of salvation to all who would believe.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. [John 3:16]

“For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.” [9:16]

He has Regarded His People, and it is not dependent upon His children at all.

He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [Titus 3:5-7]

“For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.” [9:16]

How do we respond to Him Who Has Regarded His People?

Perhaps the best response is to remember, remember He Has Regarded His People. His Regard for His People is an intentional act. May we live intentional lives as well.

  • Let us be intentional in reminding ourselves as well as others; He Has Regarded His People for no other reason than He is faithful.
    • If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. [2 Timothy 2:13]
  • Let us be intentional in fixing our eyes and hope on Him Who Has Regarded His People.
    • Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, [Hebrews 12:1-2]
  • Let us be intentional in seeking Him in prayer, knowing He Who Has Regarded His People is near to hear and answer.
    • The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
      To all who call upon Him in truth.
      19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
      He will also hear their cry and will save them. [Psalm 145:18-19]
  • Let us be intentional to give Him all our concerns, for He Who Has Regarded His People surely cares for His own.
    • …casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. [1 Peter 5:7]
  • Let us be intentional in putting aside distractions as we seek Him in His Word; we can be confident He Who Has Regarded His People will assuredly grow us in our faith.
    • Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, [1 Peter 2:1-2]

Let’s Grow Together!

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