We are just about there – all around the country, we are nearing the peak time for new enrollments at gyms and health centers, as men and women will turn their attention to getting in shape and losing those holiday pounds. After all, it is a new year, and faith is great for this year to be different than last!
We are all familiar with the practice of setting New Year’s Resolutions. Sadly, the expectation that those resolutions (or, promises to ourselves) won’t last to February is as well-known a fact as the concept of setting the resolutions in the first place! We mean well, but more than not, our good intentions are greater than our sense of follow through.
Yet, there is something powerful that we must not lose, regardless of how many times we have attempted and failed at changing some bad habit, or putting a new discipline in place. This powerful motivating desire to be different, to raise the bar on our goals for ourselves CAN be a true gift to us – if we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us.
The prophet Isaiah brings such a promise of success to us in chapter 43, verses 18 and 19…here is what Isaiah records:
18 “Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert."
It is one thing for you or for me to set a promise…but it is quite another for that promise to come from God. He is not like us. When the Lord tells us something, it WILL come to pass. He will see it through. He will make a way, where there is no way.
The key, then, to setting those New Year’s resolutions…is this something that is a good idea, or is it a God-idea? Where He guides, He provides.
Till next time.
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