by Latricia Bailey
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:3-6 (NIV)
The beginning of a new year often brings about resolutions and promises to do things better than the previous year. Have you tried to make a commitment to do better and live better, but struggled with following through? Did you promise to lose weight, or save money, or have better relationships? Maybe you said you would go to church more or throw out some things in your home. Or did you decide to stop some bad habits like smoking? Perhaps you finally have decided to change your “stinkin’ thinkin’” and develop a better mindset. Whatever the case may be, have you often wondered about how God is truly the key? Why do I say that? Well, His Word in Proverbs 3 talks a lot about how we need to focus on His commandments and allow His love to direct you in where you need to go. The best way to fill your resolutions or make good on your promises, is to:
- First you need to know about His unconditional love. Check out 1 Corinthians 13 to find out what love truly is God’s way.
- Start being faithful to reading and studying His Word. Don’t stress over it— just take a verse or two at a time and meditate on it while He speaks to your heart. It helps to write it out or type it out and keep it with you or nearby until you have it memorized.
- Trust the Lord totally! Don’t try to understand His methods or why His way seems strange. His ways are not our ways. If they were, we wouldn’t need Him, would we?
- Finally, give up trying to do things all by yourself or on your own terms. God is like a great compass or GPS. He knows the direction you need to go in, so stop making U-Turns or veering off the designated path. You may know a shortcut, but it may cost you more in the end.
Have a Happy New Year, and trust God’s love, favor, and direction for your life!