The beginning of the year offers us an opportunity to set goals in various areas of our lives, such as our finances, our wellness, our relationships, etc. Though those resolutions range from reasonable to very ambitious, they present one common factor: we cannot achieve them on our own. There is hope, however, knowing that God is able to do all things.
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1 New International Version)
Progressing through the course of life is like building a house, the foundations of which are laid during one’s early years. Every year onward offers the prospect of improving the project one layer at a time. So as the new year ushers in, we have an opportunity to map out the improvements we want to make for the year 2019. As usual, the list will likely include several reasonable goals, as well as a few ambitious ones. As I sat down a few nights ago to plan for the year ahead, I was reminded me that reaching these goals will require determination and sacrifices. However, utmost determination alone cannot lead to the successful year we envision. Only God can.
“People may make plans in their minds,
but only the Lord can make them come true.” (Proverbs 16:1)
As you strive to accomplish the goals you have established for 2019, I want to encourage to hold on to the truth that only God can build and shape our lives. However reasonable or ambitious your resolutions for the new year may be, only God can bring them to fruition. Therefore, I invite you to :
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version)
Trusting in the LORD is the only path to a blessed 2019. I do not wish to convey the message that trusting in God will make 2019 go according to your plans. What I hope to share, however, is that trusting God leads blessing of a life built and shaped by God. Such is the promise the LORD makes to all who trust in Him:
“Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46.4 New International Version)
May God bless you every day with the grace to trust in Him.