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Mid-Week Meditation

July19, 2017 Wednesday

Do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver for they are empty. For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself. Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. I Samuel 12:21,22,24

O how often do we turn aside after empty things to profit us or deliver us? The above verses are the words of prophet Samuel to the nation Israel who just decided to go with a king for themselves “just like the nations around them”. They rejected the kingship of God because they wanted a king whom they could see. The Lord provided them with Saul, the tallest and the most handsome guy in the whole of Israel. Israel was all excited, therefore the Lord warned them through Samuel about the futility of turning to things that are empty. Yet, the same warning also follows with an amazing display of God’s heart for his people. The Lord is not willing to forsake his people provided they fear God and serve him faithfully with all their heart. God doesn’t disown us even when we make wrong choices, however, we may have to face the consequences of the wrong choices we make. Have you made a wrong choice recently? Well, you may have to face the consequences of that choice but you are not disowned by God. I encourage you to get back to God, fear Him and serve him faithfully. There is hope because of who God is, not because of what you did.

Now, let us answer another important question. What causes people to run after empty things? May be because empty things appear as though they are full, or people think that they could fill the empty things with their own skills. You are either satisfied with the impressive appearance of Saul or you think you can handle Saul and make him to deliver what you exactly need. Both are equally wrong. If Israel has any hope it is only because of God who because of his name will not forsake his people. After spending around 19 years in one of the sophisticated cities of my country I am more and more convinced about the emptiness of the so called best things for which people live and labour. Many times even believers are not exempted from making this gross mistake. Look at God’s simple equation in the above verse, “Do not turn to empty things, for they are empty”. That’s a very simple and straightforward statement. Why are these empty things empty? Empty things are empty not because we lack stuffs to fill, but because they are broken and cannot contain the things you stuff in. This is the same thought God used to express his complaint against his people through prophet Jeremiah, “for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water (Jeremiah 2:13)”. God alone is the unchanging, ever satisfying factor. Everything else, even the best will change and be gone soon. The more we fill our empty things the greater becomes the brokenness of those empty things we are running after. The bigger the hole of your container, you will need bigger stuffs to fill in and somewhere along the line you will run out of stuffs to fill but the brokenness remains and will ask for more. That’s when everything begins to fall apart. Are you going through one such situation today? God alone has the solution. His only begotten Son Jesus Christ is the answer. Jesus Christ is in the business of making people whole and fill them with joy inexpressible and full of glory. Dear friend, thanks for reading this page, but think about this question, how long will you live and labour for empty things? You are never full because you are only getting emptied into filling the empty things around you, and in vain. Life is more than what you are running after and labouring for right now. Stop and consider.

Lord, thank you for reminding me again that you alone are the unchanging and ever satisfying one. Help me not to turn after empty things but to fear you and serve you faithfully till the end. I bow down before a God who will not forsake me for His name’s sake. Amen.


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