When I was young, I could not wait to grown up and be my own boss and make my own decisions. I think most children have those thoughts; it's part of growing up. As an adult, we are able to make many decisions for ourselves, but the truth of the matter is, that many decisions are made for us by our employer or our circumstances.
I do enjoy being an adult. I have the ability to make my decisions and enjoy or regret the outcome. I don't have a parent to buffer the consequences for me or do I? God tells us over and over again in scripture that He will not leave us or forsake us and that He is with us where ever we go. Even when I make mistakes, God is there to help me turn my life around if I let Him. And there I am again, making a decision. Going my own way or God's way?
Starting a new year and making resolutions, is what comes to mind every January 1. Why is it always at the beginning of a new year that we take the time for a moment of reflection? I guess that's not a bad thing, at least there is a time that we do that, but maybe we should do it more often.
I know everything is better in my life when I stay in God's word and follow His way and obey. Just like my parents could see what was going to happen when I did something stupid, God knows all. If I let Him lead, my outcome will be the best that it can be. I also know He loves me so He wants the best for me. My sinful self still fights to go my own way and do things without Him. Going my own way has brought me heartache, pain and regret. What I have learned is that it is very hard for me to follow and obey if I am apart from God and His word. It has to be a daily visit for me just like daily meals to keep me going. Otherwise I am once again drifting in the direction of pain and consequence. When I obey and feed from His word, my life is so much better and the opportunities and rewards are so cool that I just have to say, "that was a God thing!"
In I Samuel 15:22-23 Samuel talks to Saul as he is about to lose his kingdom,
Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better that the fat of the rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as King.
In other words, does God delight in what we give more than how we obey His word? No. It is saying that it is better to obey than eat like kings and have everything. For rebellion is a sin plain and simple and we will not see God's best for our lives when we live in sin.
In starting a new year I want the best. In order for that to happen I have to wrap my head around the thing I need to do. I need to be in the word and in prayer every single day. Sometimes I let chores at home, volunteer work, meetings, you name it get in the way. I need to get in a habit of saying, "no, God must be first." If I know I have to leave and be gone I need to plan better and get up earlier or read the Bible on my phone while I am waiting somewhere or pray while I'm driving. I can also listen to Christian radio stations. I have found that when I do these things, obeying is pretty easy. It's when I take few days off that it becomes hard and my sinful self takes over and unhappiness sets in. It's like missing several meals; it's not long until I am weak and feeling bad and after a while my strength is gone. Eventually, bad things begin to happen within my body. Without the time with God, unpleasant things begin to happen in my life and in my spirit. Not a good thing. So this is my New Year's resolution, God first.
Heavy thoughts! I guess I am feeling serious about my future today, but I am also excited to see what opportunities 2015 may bring.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I hope that you let that small quiet voice of God that lives in your spirit draw you into His word and reveal to you all the wonderful blessings He has in store for you and yours. My book is a 30 day devotional to get you started in God's word. It's a great place to start!
Keep in touch, let me know your thoughts and how your new year is going. Maybe you can tell me how God blessed you in 2014. I love hearing from you!
Take care & God Bless
Author of "How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time" home page of sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.