While listening to a powerful message during the last Sunday of 2017, a passage stuck in my mind and heart.
Most, if not all, of us, are looking forward to a better year ahead.
As for me, I’m expecting for my best year ever. This is for the sake of my family and Christian ministry, all for God’s glory.
But I also thought of my friends and circle of influence to have their best year ever. Are you ready?
Through Proverbs 37: 3-6, let me encourage you to have your better or best year ever.
1. Depend on God, Not Much on Yourself.
The truth is, we are not in control of our lives and the future; only God is. We often think we know what’s best for us, but actually God knows what’s best for us, far better than we imagine.
If you doubt this, just try to look at the past and how messy it was. You see how people’s obsession with control and dependence on their knowledge, skills, abilities, and expertise, led them to frustrations and pains.
On the contrary, more successful people are humble and teachable enough to learn to depend on God.
Genuine wisdom says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture” (v.3).
My friend, God wants you to enjoy the fullness and abundance of the land where He planted you. He wants you to be happy and secure. But God also wants you to completely trust in Him while you take the right actions to fulfill your dreams and goals.
2. Delight in the Lord, not the People You Don’t Want.
It’s really ironic how people are so preoccupied in coping with the Joneses, buying the stuffs they want just to impress the people they don’t like or need.
Don’t fall into this vicious trap. No matter what you do, you will never be able to please everyone. Never.
Instead, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (v.4).
Yes, you read it right. Do you have personal desires that are good, noble, trustworthy, and excellent for this coming year?
If God placed those desires in your heart, then you have to please God first, and your God-given dreams will come into reality.
Don’t take my word for it. Let God’s Word be true. He is able to fulfill His promises that if you delight in Him, He will give what your heart desires.
3. Devote Your Whole (Not Just Part of Your) Life.
If you want to take the path to success, then consider the way God wanted you to take. You will be able to reach your destiny but you need to trust God that you’ll get where you want to be.
As the Bible says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun” (vv.5-6).
Have you observed that our path in life is sometimes rough and tough? Sometimes, we even have mistakes and accidents. But we can’t allow our road mishaps to stop us from reaching our goals and destiny.
We need to show some level of commitment to our every endeavor. But most of all, we need to give full commitment to God if we want to experience His full promises.
If we devote ourselves to God, our hopes and dreams, goals and plans, as well as actions and rewards, will all have meaning and sense of fulfillment.
To have your best year ever, you have to give your best effort.
Faith and laziness are not the same. In fact, if you believe that God will grant you a great year ahead, you have to give God what He deserves–nothing less, nothing more.
Now, can you see a great year ahead of you?
Can you imagine if God is your Master and benevolent partner in whatever you do?
Just think about the direct meaning and reward of it and how great that year would be?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017