Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.~Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Each year, I write my New Year’s resolution on my calendar. Looking back, I realize some of these promises–although well intended–fizzled out before the end of January.
I remember boasting to my family and friends, daydreaming about how my resolutions would enhance my life. Then I read James 4:13-17, and realized such boasting is not what I should be doing. Instead, I should be keeping in close communication with God so He can guide my day.
Come now, you who say “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, your boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right things to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.~James 4:13-17 ESV
Friend, I’ve decided to have a better resolution–that I will seek God’s will with any decision I make. Will you join me? There is nothing wrong with making New Year resolutions if they are generated within the will of God. In fact, we make daily decisions, so we need God’s ongoing help, not just once a year.
Here are four questions I’ve decided to ask myself to determine if my resolutions are tied to the will of God. This way I can make better decisions. These are action steps I’m taking, and they might help you as well. First, am I prepared to do God’s will when I find it? Second, does my decision align with God’s Word? For I know His will is always in harmony with His Word. Third, have I sought His guidance prayerfully and earnestly? Finally, have I outlined a plan to accomplish what I believe to be His will?
Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law… “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding!” … Take firm hold of instruction, do not let her go; keep her, for she is your life.~Proverbs 4:1-2, 4b-5a, 13 NKJV
Not only at the start of the year, but daily, we can honor God in our decisions. As we ponder these questions, I pray our decisions will honor God and advance His Kingdom.
Think of a decision you made recently. Does it serve to advance God’s Kingdom?
Father God, as I go forth in Your will for my life, may my actions be a catalyst of hope, joy, peace, and love. Guide my path as I put my trust in You.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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