It’s Empty

As the rain continues to pour down on the region of the country where I live, one thing is for sure, “If you have a rain barrel, it is not empty.”  However, in the place where I live there are a lot of empty things.  For example, I often encounter people who have given themselves totally to the pursuit of things that are wonderful to the eye.  However on deeper inspection and investment, they were empty on the inside.

It was this way for Israel in the days of the Prophet Samuel.  “Do not turn aside after empty things that cannot prophet or deliver, they are empty,”  I Samuel 12:21.  The nation of Israel had made up her mind that she wanted to be like the other nations of the world.  The Lord was their king, but now they wanted an earthly king.  In their eyesight was the ease they expected in having a king that would do everything for them, but the opposite would be true.  This king would demand everything from them.  At the end of the day they would regret asking for empty things.

The writer of Proverbs has something interesting to add here, “How much better to get wisdom than gold!  To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver,” 16:16.  Jesus went even deeper, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,” Matthew 4:4.  

Only in Christ do we find true lasting pleasure.  This please is not in things, but in a relationship with God that begins with peace and grows with an every increasing understanding of His person and His purpose.

I found a great understanding in the commentary of Jim Reimann, on “The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon.”  “Yet as we grow in Him, maturing from newborn babies to seasoned saints, our requests of Him should mature as well.  What would we rather have, ‘The things of the world’ (I Cor 7:31) or ‘the love the Father has lavished on us’ (I John 3:1) and ‘God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding’ (Eph. 1:7-8).

The nation of Israel would waste its resources on the things of the word and find herself holding an empty spiritual account.  I find this scene so true in some many lives today.  I must confess that I fight this very thing in my own life.

It is so easy to look with physical eyes instead of looking with spiritual eyes.  Daily I must focus my full attention, not on the things of the world, but on the things of God.  When I do I discover the riches of the fulness of Christ.

Please take inventory of your life today!  After you take inventory ask yourself, “Is my life empty of full.”  If you answer is empty, be assured you are striving for the things of man.  If you answer is full, be assured you are striving for the things of God.

Here is your take away.  If your answer was empty, relinquish what you have been holding on to and reach out for God.  If your answer was full, rejoice in Christ and keep on reaching for Christ.

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