It was—and is—a practical, doable plan.
But I messed up last night.
This morning, God reminded me of a verse—words He spoke to His rebellious people in Isaiah 30:15—and words He spoke directly to my heart:
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.”
Ouch! Reality check: that’s exactly what I did last night. I knew that I should have rested in God, but I “would have none of it.” To be painfully honest, my work took precedence over my God.
I am so thankful that just three verses later, God revealed to those same rebellious people—and to me!—another chance to exeperience His peace:
The LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.
There it is again. Did you see it? “The LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.”
Come to God, and He will show you His love and compassion.
Come near to God, and He will come near to you.
In his radio message today, Chuck Swindoll quoted one of my favorite professors at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Howard Hendricks. Regarding the importance of setting priorities, Hendricks said wisely, “Some things must be, so that other things might be.”
True words, indeed. Some things must be given absolute priority, so that other things—the things we hope and dream to accomplish—might have the opportunity to come true.
So what is your New Year’s resolution? What do you want to accomplish or experience in 2010?
If you really want to keep your resolution, I challenge you (and me!) to “make the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:16). Make a plan. Mercilessly purge the things that fritter away your time and distract you from accomplishing your goal. Because some things must be, so that other things might be.
And when you mess up (like I did last night!), don’t let that discourage you. Instead, draw near to God, rest in Him, and ask for His help. After all, His mercies are new every morning! (Aren't you glad?)
"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
To the soul who seeks him."
--Lamentations 3:22-23, 25 ESV