Do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit…for they are nothing. 1 Samuel 12:20-21
Fifty years ago, officials of Derry, New Hampshire, sealed items in a safe and deposited them as a time capsule at the old municipal building. When the time came to open the time capsule, several people gathered to see what memorabilia it contained. Some expected to find items connected to astronaut Alan Shepard, who was from Derry. But when the safe was opened, it was empty. “I was a little horrified there was nothing in there,” said the director of the town’s library. No one knows whether the contents were stolen or if the whole thing was a hoax.1
How many people spend fifty years of their lives—or sixty or seventy or eighty—only to find they’ve been chasing empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. Satan’s philosophies are hoaxes, and he is a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
We serve a great God who deserves to be first in our life. Seek Him. Let Him fill you with His blessings that will never disappear.
In contrast to the darkness and death, tears and trauma, sorrow and stress, the blessings of God drop like quiet dew… jewels from Heaven’s treasure store.
Anne Graham Lotz
- Christopher Gavin, “ A New Hampshire time capsule from 1969 was opened this year. It was empty,” Boston.com, August 20, 2019.
When You Haven’t Got a Prayer – 1 Samuel 12:19-25 – Skip Heitzig