Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Imagine in this new year if the decisions we made and the things we sought after were all things we bathed in prayer. I believe as we begin this new year one of the biggest reasons for failures on resolutions or goals is that we do not fully commit to them. For instance, how many times in your life have you made the commitment to eat healthily and lose weight? It usually doesn’t take too long to realize that you enjoy certain foods you gave up and that extra hour sleep in the morning is worth sleeping in for! Because we enjoy food and sleep, we do not fully commit to the resolution and it doesn’t take long for us to fail. On a side note, for those of you who have succeeded in this resolution before, congratulations, you are amazing!
This scripture from Proverbs is really about a commitment. We cannot give our full heart to something (trust) if we are not fully committed. I have had conversations with individuals and families before in the middle of a crisis. If this is a "marriage" or "family" threating crisis, the issue of commitment can usually be found as the root cause of the crisis. I believe the same is true in a relationship we share with the Lord. If we have difficulty in finding a full sense of trust in the Lord, it is typically because we have not fully committed to the relationship with Him. Then of course, we begin to rely on our own understanding instead of His.
Each of us has a path to follow this year. We can choose to forge our own path and brave the elements all alone. While this may be a path the world wants us to pursue it is not one that God wants us to pursue. He wants to seek after Him. He wants us to rely on His guidance and wisdom. He gives wisdom to those who seek it and guidance to those who ask for it. I am thankful that in this new year each of us can stop what we’re doing and ask God to guide our paths this year. And you know the best thing about this? If we ask, He will do it!
I can only imagine what our churches, our homes, our families, jobs, community would be like if all Christ-following Christians made a commitment to fully seek Him in this new year. I don’t think there is anything wrong making new years resolutions or goals but shouldn’t the most important thing we do be that of committing with a full heart to trust our ways to Him? Perhaps, that simply needs to be the resolution or the goal in this new year. Our Father wants the absolute best for you in this new year. If we trust, if we allow Him to lead, if we commit to being in relationship with Him, He will lead us down the path to take! Happy New Year!
— Clint McBroom is pastor at the First Church of God of Newton.