Every beginning of the year gives us an opportunity to restart. Actually many people do not fully appreciate the blessing of new beginnings. This is God’s blessing to us. God is a God of new beginnings. He has set in place seasons: new day, new week, new month, New Year, and so on. This gives us another chance to make things happen, to be better, to improve to change.
If you are like many other people, chances are that you now fear to make New Year’s resolutions—for obvious reasons: You broke 99% of the ones you made previously, so why should you bother this time round? Well, the good news is that God is the God of a second chance. So, this New Year gives you an opportunity to improve, to accomplish things you were not able to accomplish last year.
Isaiah 42:9 says, “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you” (NIV).
Do not be a slave of your past. It doesn’t matter how your last year was: if it was successful, thank God and move on; if it wasn’t all that great, do the same: thank God and move on. There is so much that God has in store for you this year. You may not be able to see or even sense it right now…but God is at work. If you are coming out of a not-so-good relationship, trust God to heal it and even make it better. If your walk with God has been faltering, surrender to God so that by his grace he will transform you to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. If you received abundant blessings from God last year, praise Him; trust Him to do even more. His resources are unlimited.
My prayer for you this year is in Psalm 20:4-5 (if you have time please read the entire chapter).
May [God] give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. [NIV]
Let me highlight 3 things from this Psalm that will change your life for the better, if you follow them. But before I get into them let me mention this very important life principle. If you want to succeed in life you have to differentiate between God’s role and yours. The reason why many people are frustrated in life is that they are trying to do only what God do, and they have neglected their part.
So, here are the three things that you are responsible for:
- Desire: “May God grant you the desire of your heart” (v. 4a). What is your vision for this year? What do you want God to accomplish for you this year? What is ONE thing that has grabbed you heart? What burden has the Lord laid on your heart for this year? “May God give you the desire of your heart.”
- Plan: “[May God] make all your plans succeed” (v. 4b). Having a dream, desire or vision is great but that’s only a starting point. You can have the greatest dream in this world but without a plan it will amount to nothing. Plan! What do you want to accomplish this year and how do you want to do it? God has given you that wonderful mind so that you can use it. Have a roadmap for your vision. “[May God] make all your plans succeed.”
- Pray: “May the Lord grant your requests.” 5b. If the vision (or desire) you have is from God, I can guarantee that it is more than you can handle. You shouldn’t worry about this God-sized vision but rather you should bring it to God in prayer. Make your plans and bring them to God. May I suggest that you write them with a pencil and come before God with an eraser? You know the reason why: We plan but God directs us; and our ways are not God’s ways. I promise God will make some changes to your plans but that’s OK. That’s why you (should) pray in the first place. “May the Lord grant all your requests”
Happy New Year!