This is almost the end of the first month of the New Year, how many of your resolutions have kept?
I plead the fifth!
Just because you haven’t kept them, doesn’t mean that you have to quit! Quitting means you will never get it done!
Look at yourself, your surroundings, are you where you hoped to be at this stage of your life? I was thinking about myself and feeling disappointed that the things I really felt I had been called to do have not materialized as I had hoped they would. As I mulled this thought over a louder thought came through…
Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul. Another translation says: He renews my strength. So I looked at a couple of examples from the Bible. First there is Moses. You know his story, destined to be killed when he was born he was saved and then ended up in the backside of nowhere tending his father-in-laws herds! When he was eighty years old God spoke to him from a burning bush and his life took on a whole new meaning! He went back to Egypt, freed his people from slavery and led them to the gates of the Promised Land!
Joseph, who as a boy had dreams of grandeur seeing himself as a ruler, found himself forgotten in prison until he had the chance to interpret a dream for the King, becoming second in command to the King and saving his own family from starvation.
Samson who had led his people as Judge for over 20 years ended up blinded, pushing a grinding wheel like a mule, being made the brunt of their cruel jokes. God gave him restored his strength and his soul and allowed him to be the weapon that would destroy thousands of Philistines as the final act of his life.
Lamentations 3:22-23 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Does He really care about what happens to us?
He answers prayer and gives me solutions to problems I can’t solve!
Does He have a plan for our life? Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.He has plans to give us a future anda hope!
Think about Jonah ending up in the belly of the great fish, why? Because he was being disobedient to the plan of God! He repented from the depths of hell…
Jonah 2:9 When my life was slipping away, I remembered God, And my prayer got through to you, made it all the way to your Holy Temple. Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds, walk away from their only true love. But I’m worshiping you, God, calling out in thanksgiving! And I’ll do what I promised I’d do! Salvation belongs to God!” When he prayed, God made that fish taxi Jonah all the way to where he had been told to go, and spit him out on the shore! He kept his promise to preach to the people, and they repented!
Is there a promise that you haven’t kept?
Ecclesiastes 5:6 Don’t let your mouth make a total sinner of you. When called to account, you won’t get by with “Sorry, I didn’t mean it.Why risk provoking God to angry retaliation?”
Do you want to change your life? God is on your side and remember, He has a plan for you.
Psalm 19:11-14 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
Don’t quit, start over