1 Samuel 12 … Consider Him Who Will Not Abandon His People

Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. 22 For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself. [12:20-22]

Again I am left wondering why. Why does He put up with us at all? Why does He extend such grace? Why has He committed Himself to the likes of us? And what possible reason could there be that He Will Not Abandon His People?

The answer is there, in 1 Samuel 12 and it’s crystal clear. It’s not about us at all. Samuel left no room for confusion as he recounted the evil propensity of God’s people, from their forefathers to the present day, and their reckless behavior in forsaking the LORD their God in their relentless pursuit of all things futile.

So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous acts of the Lord which He did for you and your fathers…. But they forgot the Lord their God… 10 They cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’ 11 Then the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.12 When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ although the Lord your God was your king. [12:7, 9-12]

And Samuel, the prophet of integrity and truth, revealed the implications in their asking for a king… yet still they asked.

Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.”

They chose their sin over their King. None would disagree these stiff-necked people do not deserve God’s Presence, protection or deliverance, and who would blame Him if He in fact did Abandon His People?

The undeniable reality, the irrefutable reason He Will Not Abandon His People is beyond human explanation or comprehension, yet He has disclosed to us His reasons, and they are not at all about us. He Will Not Abandons His People because of Who He is, what He pleases and what He has purposed.

Consider Him Who Will Not Abandon His People

For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself. [12:22]

  • Because of His Person, He Will Not Abandon His People
    • For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
  • Because of His Pleasure, He Will Not Abandon His People
    • For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
  • Because of His Purpose, He Will Not Abandon His People
    • For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.

How do we respond to Him Who Will Not Abandon His People?

We begin in humility and praise; for left to ourselves we would forever be chasing empty pursuits in our search for deliverance, significance, fulfillment and joy.

But He did not leave us to ourselves. He gave His best before we ever thought to seek Him; He died for us before we ever thought to need Him; He pursued us before we ever thought to love Him.

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]

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [Romans 5:8]

We love, because He first loved us. [1 John 4:19]

And we can be assured He Who gave His only begotten Son, He Who died for us while we were yet sinners, He Who first loved us Will Not Abandon His People.

  • We can be assured He Will Not Abandon His People because of His Person
    • If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. [2 Timothy 2:13]
  • We can be assured He Will Not Abandon His People because of His Pleasure
    • for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  [Philippians 2:13]
  • We can be assured He Will Not Abandon His People because of His Purpose
    •  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]

God in His faithfulness spoke to the hearts of man by His prophet, Samuel and provided His counsel by the Holy Spirit that His People would grow in faith, obedience and worship. Let us take the words of Samuel to heart.

“Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile… 24 Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. [12:20-21, 24]

  • Let us trust Him Who Will Not Abandon His People to grow us in serving Him with all our hearts. (do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.)
    •  Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; [Romans 12:9-11]
    • For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. [Galatians 5:13]
  • Let us trust Him Who Will Not Abandon His People to grow us in our commitment to seek Him above all else rather than the futile things of this life. (You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile)
    • But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. [Matthew 6:33]
    • Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. [Colossians 3:1-2]
  • Let us trust Him Who Will Not Abandon His People to grow us in our desire and knowledge of His truth. (serve Him in truth with all your heart)
    • like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, [1 Peter 2:2]
    • …but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [2 Peter 3:18]
  • Let us trust Him Who Will Not Abandon His People to grow us is gratitude as we remember and hold fast to Him Who is faithful. (for consider what great things He has done for you)
    • Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, [2 Timothy 2:8]
    •  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; [Hebrews 10:23]

Let’s Grow Together!

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