We are fast approaching a time when we begin to think about the new resolutions we might make for a new year. We want it to be different, at least we want it to be a better experience. Is that up to us to accomplish or has it already been set in stone? Of course, we have the habit of thinking that it is all up to us and what we choose to do and have. There are times when I wonder. For those of us who know we have a Savior, we also realize that our choices can be orchestrated by Him if we allow it to happen. We also know that if we submit to His choice our lives will be filled beyond our expectations. The rub is that we are often afraid to take the chance; it is somewhat like diving off the highest diving board and hoping we will still come up for air. It is true, however, that the result will often be that we will feel like a kite soaring higher than we can see if we can just be brave enough.
Let’s face it though, tomorrow will come whether we are ready for it or not. We know in our hearts that we want to do better each day we live because we really do love the Lord who created us, don’t we? So, let’s assume that is the truth and begin to think about what He might have in mind for us in the coming year. Our biggest problem seems to be that we are afraid our Lord might require some-thing of us that is simply too difficult. But then again, we have been told we should trust the Lord in all that we do because He really does have our best interests at heart as well as a mighty plan for each of our lives. So, we honestly do have an opportunity to please the One who created us. Maybe we should simply go for it and place our trust in Him.
Many, many years ago our Lord came to this earth to convince us of the Father’s will for our lives. Those of His day had the same trouble with belief as we often do today. Do you ever wonder why it is so hard for us to believe when most of us have had some personal experience of His love for us? He told the people then and it is still truth today – I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35). We live in and face today things that are different than those of yesterday and yet the same basic problem exists – we have a hard time believing something that cannot be seen with our eyes, only with our hearts.
As we struggle at the end of this year to make our resolutions for another new year, a year in which we hope to do better in all areas of life – physical, mental and spiritual – maybe we should spend some time talking to the One who created us; the One who has plans for each individual life. We know that no matter how difficult the plans may sound that He has provided us with the means with which to accomplish His will for His people. There can be no greater joy in this world than to know that the Father who created us is pleased with how we are fulfilling His plan for our lives.
Paul suffered unimaginably in his day for the greatest love he had ever known. Many years have passed and life has changed greatly in all areas of knowledge since then, but the wisdom Paul gleaned in his day is still relevant in ours today. In the book of Ephesians, we find his words – See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is (5:15-17).
May we heed his words and live the fruitful lives we were created for.
Oh, Master let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.