At the end of every year, most of us probably end up making resolutions for the next. We list off the things we would like to do, things we would like to get better at, things we would like to stop doing, etc. On the other hand, if you are like me, these resolutions are not isolated to the New Year.
I very often tell myself that today is going to be the day where I am going to become the person that I am truly meant to be, the person that God has created me to be…I’ve yet to succeed. I list off a ridiculous amount of things ranging from going for a run and eating healthy, to sharing the Gospel with someone, to taking the time out of my day to practice an instrument, to not committing a certain sin that I know I will be faced with that day. These lists are extensive and are, more often than not, actually written down with little boxes next to them, waiting to be ticked off.
Although I have yet to succeed in ticking off all of these boxes, I can find peace in verses like Lamentations 3:22-23 which states: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (ESV).
I can sleep soundly at night knowing that God’s steadfast love completely encompasses me, regardless of whether or not I’ve ticked off every item on my to do list. His mercy is everlasting, and even if I don’t succeed in not committing any sin at all that day, it will still be there. Above all, He brings a newness to each day.
I wake up every morning to a world full of opportunities, with Him by my side.
How does this change my life? How can I apply this? It’s quite simple really. I need to spend more time with God – focusing on learning what He has to teach me, and trusting in Him to guide me – and less time caught up in my own planning, to the point where I forget about Him. Taking His Word into account and building my relationship with Him will allow me to better understand the full extent of His mercy and allow me to understand how I can start each day knowing that I have been forgiven for the sins of the past, and knowing that I need not depend on my own strength, but on His steadfast love to guide me, and support me through my day. Isn’t that an overwhelmingly peaceful thought?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
Let us not forget this as we go into this new year.