Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, Same Path?

It's a new year gives us all a feeling of a fresh start; but if I had to hazard a guess, I'd probably say that well over 90% of new years resolutions go un-fulfilled, goals un-met. Hmmm. What's the answer? Set no goals? I mean, if you have almost no chance of success, why even try?

As I look forward to 2011, I have taken a small turn in my "resoluting." Instead of setting a bunch of 1-year goals, I've decided to focus more long-term. Instead of words like "goals" and "resolutions," I am using words like "path" and "direction." In short, I want to make sure the direction my life is heading is the direction I want it to go.

I do have a goal, though - to do and finish the work that Christ has called me to. The question is, "is my path and direction helping me to accomplish that goal?" Allow me to compare two situations found in 2 Kings 17 and 18. This book chronicles the kings of Israel and Judah...most of whom, chose to forsake God.
First the bad;

14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the LORD their God. 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.
(2 Kings 17:14-15)

There are three problems with the Israelites that are putting them on the wrong path and sending them further away from God.
1) They are not trusting God
2) They have rejected His covenant
3) They have followed worthless things, and in turn become worthless. (Funny how that works; you become what you chase after).

And what is the result? God left them. He exiled them and removed them from His presence. Now I don't know about you, for I can tell you for sure that I do NOT want to be removed from God's presence. But there is another way...

5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6 He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. (2 Kings 18:5-6)

In contrast, we have Hezekiah. What did he do?
1) He trusted in God
2) He held fast to Him and His covenant, and did not stop following
3) Hezekiah did NOT chase after worthless things, but in fact chased after God

The result?

7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. (2 Kings 18:7)

2011 is here. What path are you going to choose? There are only two...

Want to read more about this principle? Check out Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley.

1 comment:

❤cherelle said...

Excellent post to start off a new year!