We all like the idea of a blank slate with a fresh start. With the beginning of a new year, we are generally hopeful. We’re filled with hope because of the positive possibilities. Better health, better relationships, better finances, better business, more happiness, more fulfillment, more satisfaction, more peace, and frankly more contentment.
To help at achieving these possibilities many people make New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions can be good because the one making them sees an area or areas in their life they want to improve. Even though the great majority fail at keeping their resolution (I just heard only 9% keep their New Year’s resolutions), it is still good in that some progress is better than no progress. So, good for you if you made one or more resolutions for the new year. I hope you have great success, and for most of you, be happy that you made some progress even if you don’t hit your goal.
A passage from the Bible that has been resonating with me lately is something that the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Looking at that first line just blows me away! What God can do is off the charts as to what He is able to do. Whatever we might ask of God or even dream up for Him to do for us this year is less than what He is able to do and might do!
Ask God for help and for provision with your goals, and resolutions, and when you ask, ask big, it could be life-changing! But I would caution you to think of the context flow in Paul’s writing. No matter what God may or may not do for any of us, we want to be sure to give Him the credit and all the glory.
Happy New Year,