Day 344: Empty Pursuits (Hosea 5-8; Revelation 1)

“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; it shall never produce meal. If it should produce, aliens would swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up; now they are among the Gentiles like a vessel in which is no pleasure.” -Hosea 8:7

Have you ever worked really hard for something but when you achieved your desired goal, the accomplishment or victory was hallow?

When I was in college, I got over-involved in extra curricular activities – which combined with two part-time jobs and a full course load meant that I didn’t sleep, have a social life or frankly, rarely ever saw my family or my church. I thought that by adding activities to my resume and networking I would launch a successful career and have a better chance at grad school. I let everything else suffer in my life at the expense of pursuing a successful career.

That was until God showed me that He is the only one to depend on and only the work that He has called me to do is worthwhile. Trying to make things happen on my own and by the world’s standards wasn’t getting me anywhere. That packed resume left me exhausted, overweight, alone, spiritually lost, and without any real job offers senior year. Everything I had worked so hard to achieve didn’t come to fruition and instead left me feeling empty and tired.

It was not until I let God lead me in what to do that I slowly became a healthier and happier person. A career I never even dreamed of suddenly opened up to me. When I began saying no to things of the world that promised me success, beauty or happiness, it is as if my faith had room to grow and blossom all of a sudden. Saying no to the empty pursuits of the world changed me, and as a byproduct gave me a career and a degree that I could never have personally planned for or achieved by my own human efforts.

What empty pursuits can you say no to you in your life? 


One thought on “Day 344: Empty Pursuits (Hosea 5-8; Revelation 1)

  1. Yes! Love this Yelena!
    Made me think of a book I’m currently reading: “Produced by Faith” by DeVon Franklin.

    Also made me think of Jesus: “for what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?”

    Thank you for showing us that we all get tempted by these empty pursuits. And thank God that we have each other to remind us of the right ones!


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