We have entered another year. Many people end the year making a list full of resolutions for the new year ahead. However, I’ve heard that most people have trashed the list by mid-February.
Mid-February? … Why is that?
How can we go from being full of hope and promise to thinking “ah forget it!“?
I’m sure we have all been down that road. We may be promising ourselves “that this year will be different”. And let’s do one better, how can we set our hearts on promises and goals in which will become a reality with no doubts?
A Promise Made
We are starting Week 2 of our reading plan. We are first reading the bible cover to cover in 90 days. Then we will slow down our pace and dig deeper.
This past week we read Genesis and started reading Exodus. While reading this week I had two prominent thoughts:
- The repetitive mention of the man’s heart being inclined towards evil; and
- The value of a promise.
I want to linger on #2 for a moment today. I think it’s quite fitting with the new year and all to think about promises. We read as God made a promise to Abraham. A promise…that will trickle down to you and I…
But what jumped out at me was the following verse:
For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him. Genesis 18:19 (Read in context)
I believe I could write an essay on this one verse. (I won’t do it today…here…) But I want to focus on two points.
- “For I have chosen him…” and
- “[S]o that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
What does this passage have to do with resolutions? I know that’s what you’re thinking. Well…
How much of your life is spent trying to obtain desires you seek?
How many of your waking hours are spent trying to acquire goals and things?
This was a promise made by God to be fulfilled by God. How awesome is that?! While reading I had to pause. I sat and let this thought sink in real good. Because I am like you. I have goals. I have desires. But reading this verse made we consider…
How much of my time is spent focused on the promises of God?
Promises in which He made and He will fulfill.
QUESTION: Are your goals and His promises for your life in sync? Share your comments below.
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For the readers joining me in the Bible Reading 2013 Tuesdays will be our check in posts.
Today’s Check-In Questions:
How did your first week of reading go?
Are you reading a paper bible or an electronic one?
Past Check-In Posts: