As we enter into a New Year, it is once again RESOLUTION TIME, where we put our best efforts into RESOLVING something in our lives. Social media sites quickly swarmed with excitement as this annual event commenced with the greatest of enthusiasm. Updates and photos are already being posted showing every detail of our progress. However, as is the case each year, not too many months will pass before these will diminish as once again the wheels will begin to spin, and most of our RESOLUTIONS will come to a screeching halt. This time of greatest encouragement soon becomes a time of great discouragement.
Now it seems as if the amount of weight gain one wanted to lose will be compounded before this annual event commences in the next New Year. The cycle is never ending, the weight increases, the issues that were to be RESOLVED gradually worsen as the years pass by. WHY?
The answer is found in one word, REPENT. The simplest definition of REPENT is man turning to God for help, whereas RESOLVE is man turning to man for help. Turning to man for help is not necessarily a bad thing, but REPENT keeps God in the equation, which is the best thing. Without God in the equation, RESOLVE becomes a place where man feels good about himself, whereas REPENT would be the place where God feels good about man. Without God, RESOLVE becomes a place at the altar where man leaves his vows that he made before God, whereas REPENT would be the place at the altar where man leaves his sins while he takes his vows with him into the New Year. In the end, RESOLVE becomes a place where man has faith in himself whereas REPENT would be the place where man puts his faith in the power of God (I Peter 1:5).
It is a great thing to set goals for ourselves. If we want to RESOLVE these goals, God has given us some good men to learn from: Joshua, David, Daniel, and so many others. When it comes to RESOLVING to make a change, I find this wonderfully illustrated for us in the Prodigal Son. We know who this man was, and how he made such a great mess of his life. The Bible shows us that “when he came to himself” (Luke 15:17-19), he RESOLVED to :
Repent … “I will arise and go to my father”
Confess … “will say unto him, Father, I have sinned”
Serve … “make me as one of thy hired servants”
How do we keep God in our annual RESOLUTIONS? Joshua makes it clear:
“choose you this day whom ye will SERVE … but as for me and my house, we will SERVE the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15).