Resolutely Seeking Righteousness
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For the past week and a half I have been talking about why I do not like New Year’s Resolutions.
Here are some reasons why:
1. Resolutions are more like wishes personal wishes for the future. If you really want to stick to your desired goal, it is better to write out specifically what you ultimately want to achieve, sub-goals for marking progress and getting encouragement to continue, and have a support team.
2. We tend to approach resolutions more as guidelines for looking responsible than actually being responsible with our lives.
3. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3, ESV)
Why is number three Proverbs 16:3?
Because, along with my first two reasons, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) We are always trying to do things we think are best for us, but we do not always seek God’s will for our decisions. Perhaps we fail at so many resolutions because we were trying to do something that either God has not ordained or in a way He has not ordained.
[“ordained” simply means sanctioned, permitted, or established]
Therefore, whether the resolution is to lose weight, change diet, quit smoking/drinking/some addiction, or anything of importance, it is best to seek God first. In fact, one of my favorite passages to quote about just about anything will help with this, as well:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
And I couple it with this:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Whatever plans you have for this year, remember to always put Christ first. Seek out the will of the Father, act on His will, and always give thanks no matter the circumstances or results!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY!