1Samuel 12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
Godâ€™s people had chosen to have a king and be like all the other kingdoms of the earth. They saw what the world had to offer and wanted the same thing. God shows his anger by sending thunder and rain. 1Samuel 12:18. The people are afraid. They realize that they have sinned against God. They have chosen to be like everyone else and now they will pay the price for their decision.
What they had done had been the wrong decision but they had not yet gone too far. Samuel warns them; you were following God. You were not like other nations. You wanted a king and God has given you a king but do not go after other things that this world offers. The main application would be to not go after false gods.
The world had a prettier religion. They had beautiful images. They had a fleshly, sense appealing religion. Samuel warns them to not go after that.
The application for today is that we would consider how often we have stepped away from Godâ€™s perfect will for our lives. How often do we look at those around us and want what they have. Our goal is to be like them, to do what they do. We want their things, their prestige, their power, their sensual pleasures rather than what God would have for us.
We have even been guilty of saying that God was holding back from us and not allowing us to have as much â€œfunâ€ as â€œtheyâ€ have. So what are we to do.
Letâ€™s not go after empty things. The world offers much that it cannot give you. 2Peter 2:19
Possessions are not worthy of your pursuit. Proverbs 23:5, Luke 12:15, Psalm 37:16, Ecclesiastes 5:10-16
God knows exactly what you need. He wants to meet your needs. Look to Him and let Him add to you what is best in the best time Proverbs 10:22. Instead of chasing empty dreams that lead to great heartache 1Timothy 6:9-10 seek God and He will meet your needs. Matthew 6:31-33