TURNING ASIDE AFTER EMPTY THINGS

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 12:19-25

“And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.” (I Samuel 12:21)

God knows us well. He knows our tendency to turn away from Him and to chase after vain things that will never give us true satisfaction and fulfillment. Samuel exhorted God’s people not to “turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.” This exhortation is for all of us.

Jesus Christ alone can bring true contentment in our lives — “For in Christ lives the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ” (Colossians 2:9,10). You and I are complete in Christ and we can find true satisfaction and fulfillment through our relationship with Him.

The real problem is that we often try to find satisfaction and fulfillment in other ways. We try to find them in other relationships, in our possessions, in our search for pleasure, in our jobs and the list could go on and on. When we do not find contentment in these things, we become frustrated and fearful. Fear can paralyze our lives and rob us of the joy and peace God wants us to have.

All human beings have a deep need to find security and significance. When we try to meet these needs through any other means than Jesus, we will be disappointed. All other means are empty for they cannot profit or deliver.

The message of the gospel is that our need of security and significance can only be fulfilled in a relationship with Jesus Christ — “So you also are complete (satisfied, fulfilled, made whole) through your union with Christ.” We are secure through Him because we are accepted by Him just the way we are. And, we are significant through Him because we are lavishly loved by Him. He loves us unconditionally, sacrificially, and eternally.

Let’s heed to Samuel’s warning — “And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.”

Lord Jesus, forgive me when I turn aside and go after empty things that do not profit or deliver. I know that I am complete in You. But I often forget this truth and go after other things. I know that I am secure in You because You redeemed me with Your precious blood and I know that I am significant because you have lavished Your love upon me.

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