As believers, our greatest ambition for 2015 should be finding ourselves in the center of God’s will because that is the greatest and safest place to dwell. Many people start the new year with a “to- do list” of goals and resolutions in hand and ask for God to help them to fulfill their will. Allow me to give you a new perspective. Believers should approach the new year asking God what is it He desires for us as well as from us this year and then pray for His grace and power to enable our efforts.
How did you start this new year? Did you start busy with your list of priorities? If you did, don’t be surprised when you’re running on empty in a few weeks. I suggest you start on your knees seeking the Lord and allow Him to order your steps this year. The Bible reminds us, “The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand” (Psalm 37:23 – 24, NLT). When we allow the Lord to order our plan it pleases God and protects us from our human propensities.
Oh yeah, there’s more good news!! You know that list you made for 2015? God is concerned about that list as well. Remember the psalmist said, “He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37:23, NLT). God loves to give His children the desires of their heart as long as those desires are in your best interest. It’s simply a matter of priorities, God’s list first and mine second. The Bible teaches us, “Delight yourself in the Lord and (then) He will give you your heart’s desires” (Psalm 37:4, NLT). Furthermore, Jesus said it this way, “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” (Matthew 6:31 – 33, NLT).
Beloved, God knows what’s best for us! We often think we have devised a plan that is full proof, and we have thought through every conceivable issue that may arise. Yet, my friend I remind you that God still sees further than we do; His wisdom is greater than ours, and His plan is rooted in eternity. So this year seek the sovereign Lord of the universe as you plan your year, asking Him for His wisdom in every decision. Ask Him to work through you to keep you from growing weary as you rely on His strength and power. Trust His plan and plan to follow His lead, and you will find yourself at the right destination; in His will, accomplishing His purpose, enjoying His favor!! HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!