It’s the time again. Time for people to think up clever slogans to get hype over for about the first month in the new year until everything falls to the wayside. I’ve heard a few already, “Fine in ’09.” “On time in ’09.” The best I’ve heard thus far has been, “Stop wasting time in ’09.” And of course because I have to be my own biggest fan before you become it, I like mine, “It’s All About the Divine in 2009.” So what’s this all about?
Well, my father, who is a fairly wise sage that I don’t like giving credit to because he is stuck in the body of a cantankerous 70+ year old Jamaican man, loves talking about “the divine” within him. He says that he wakes up every morning and thanks Him for the day because he knows without Him, he wouldn’t have made it.
Nevertheless, the concept of “divine in 2009″ came from my thoughts about the fallacy of New Year’s resolutions. More often than not, at this time, we’ve crafted a list that consists of losing weight, saving more, changing habits and jobs, getting married, making more money, buying homes, etc. But in making all of those plans I rarely hear anyone talk about where God fits in. I can say this mainly because when I do draft up resolutions–which is a rarity–I don’t talk about God. It’s plans and plans alone. But this year it is different.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.” So for all the plans we make for the new year, if we do not submit the blueprint to God, those plans may well fail us. It is not for us to make the plans, execute them, and then tell God to bless them. But, it is my belief that we should pray over the plans and ask for His guidance and insight. An all-knowing, all-sufficient God can tell you better where the new job will be, who the mate will be, when to place the bid on the home, etc.
God has big plans for us all. According to Jeremiah 29:11, they are plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us a hope and a future. And in 2009, we need to hang on to this–more than we need to hang on to our president. Though the economic system around us is crumbling, it’s not time for us to falter and be fearful about losing our jobs, homes and livelihood. God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. So let us keep our minds on Him, our hearts turned toward Him, our eyes looking up at Him, our hands continually grasping at Him, our feet constantly chasing after Him.
Let’s make 2009 about more than another goal checked off the list or another opportunity for us to do things for ourselves and instead let’s make 2009 about making goals after the father’s heart. Let us “Trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all our ways acknowledge him, and He will make our paths straight.”
Many blessings to all for the coming year. I pray that each of you will find the joy of the Lord in the new year and may you all grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.