Today is the first day of the new year, and there is a sense of purpose and energy in the newness of it. This is that time during which we typically feel like we have an opportunity for a fresh start. The turning of the page, as it were, and setting goals with all the hope that anything might happen and so much is possible.
I’m so grateful not to be dependent upon my own resolve. Having been through enough failed starts in the course of my life to convince me that my determination is not enough, I am at rest in the conviction that God alone is my source, my strength and my impetus (driving force). Here, at the beginning of this year, I will seek Him and ask Him to show me the way everlasting (Psalm 139:24).
Our church community has a tradition of fasting in the month of January, and we enter into it with expectation and anticipation. Having spent Advent making room for Him in our hearts, we now turn to Him, seeking His face and attending to His Word, His admonition and His promises. In order to seek Him with a whole heart, we choose to lay aside self-consolations and time wasters.
As I commit to devote myself more fully to searching Him out, I find that I must answer some questions sincerely: What am I seeking? Who am I seeking? These questions go to the heart of the matter. My heart, to be precise. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties.” (Psalm 139:23 NKJV) This examination of my motives is crucial, and it is one that I must submit to – on purpose.
I will not fall by accident or happenstance under the loving scrutiny of my Lord and Master. It is the “on purpose” part that signifies faith and leads to humility. God receives the offering of my life, but I must choose to offer it. This act of faith gives substance to the relationship. As I acknowledge His right to rule and give Him the places I’ve been holding onto, He delivers, redeems, and purifies. “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.” (Psalm 24:3-4 NJKV)
Dear one, as this new year begins, take some time to sit in His presence and seek His face. Don’t be in a rush to make resolutions until you have heard from Him and adjusted your priorities according to His word. He may surprise you with what is in His heart for you. Let Him have His way with you and see what good He has in store for you.
Until next week, beloved, seek Him while He may be found.