Today, January 1, begins a new year in our measure of counting days and months and years. Our human measure of counting time.
Some of us will make resolutions we may just keep, or may just make them again like last year, and the year before.
Many of us will sit down and reflect on the last year. Our failures, our successes, our triumphs, our losses. From that we might well learn something about ourselves, and resolve to change for the better.
For everyone then, whether last year was a success or a failure, whether last year was full of triumph or mired in sorrow, I have a message for you. God does not change. What He is doing in this world has not changed with the dropping of the ball in Times Square, with the ticking of a clock from one day to another.
Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
It is useful to sit down and reflect on the year past, and to maybe see where in our lives we can make changes. But our changes need to be guided by God, so that we will do His will! Who is Lord of your life? You? Or Jesus Christ? When you choose to become a Christian, you choose to submit your life to Jesus – not just a bit of your life, not just most of your life, but simply your life.
If you have submitted your life to Him, then let Him guide you on what you should do this year. Don’t sit down and make plans for tomorrow, about what you will eat and what you will do. But sit down and pray to God that He will guide you in what He wants you to do. Maybe you are already doing the right things, maybe you just need a little course adjustment to your life. Maybe He is calling you to turn around completely – and live for Him.
So what will you do this year?
James 1:16–18 (ESV)
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.