Another year gone, another begun. Just a blip on God’s radar—perhaps a mere blink of His eternal eyes. And yet it’s a trip around the sun. And it contains a lot for us mortals. So much can change in the blink of an eye, not to mention in a year. A lot of it is subtle, some of it dramatic. But things are always changing.
Some of us love change. Some prefer stability. And while those are mostly preferences based on personality, there is no doubt that God has a purpose for both in times, seasons and aspects of life. But mostly contrary to our preferences. We need to learn stability from the Father in some areas of our lives, to challenge our restless seeking after the more that never satisfies. Our satisfaction comes from Him.
We need to learn to move when He tells us to. That way we don’t become putrid swamp water, stagnating in our own laziness and disobedience. As we reflect on the past year, we can hopefully see that we were challenged in both ways. And as we look forward to another year, we may as well prepare ourselves for another conglomeration in some form of the same.
God is always challenging our flesh. Our flesh has preferences in every part of life. And the moment we surrender to the Lord, He makes it His business to challenge the status quo our flesh has created over the years.
The Constants Of Another Year
This keeps us coming back to the cross, daily. This is another constant—something we can know for sure about another year ahead of us.
But besides these basic principles that God seems to operate through, continually, most of us are probably sure of very little that will transpire in 2023. Three years ago, heading into 2020 (yes, I mention the dreaded year) few people had any idea of the things we would be facing as a global community.
I don’t think I’ll bother with resolutions. If God gives me vision for something in particular, then great. But all in all, I think I’ll approach another year with as much humility as I am able to. If I’ve learned anything through the past few years, it’s to not trust my own natural heart or my own understanding. So, in other words, I’ve learned how little I know.
Fortunately, the world doesn’t rest on my shoulders. Life goes on and the world is still in the hands of a very loving and all powerful God. We learn to lean on Him more and more as life goes on and we unlearn the things we thought we knew.
May God bless you and keep you through another year.