By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
Hebrews 11:8-12 (NIV)
Read: Hebrews 11
Consider: We are now very close to the year end and the beginning of a new year. Many people will be thinking about the things they would like to change in their lives and will possibly be considering setting new year resolutions to motivate themselves to achieve their desired goals. I’ll let you into a secret – I haven’t set myself a new year resolution for a very long time. You might ask ‘Why?’. In truth I would have to say that I personally have never found the motivation to keep a new year resolution for longer than a few days. Of course you might have a stronger character than me and perhaps you have been able to keep any previous resolutions you have made. I would surmise, however, that most people fail to keep their new year resolutions for very long.
In the account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, Lot’s wife looked back, hankering for her past life. This led to her destruction. If only she had keep her gaze on what was ahead of her, rather than looking back. Some people are like this with new year resolutions. They focus attention on their past (e.g. weight problems, lack of savings), using their past to somehow influence their future.
Think about the word ‘resolution’ and notice that it comes from the root of the word ‘resolve’. Undertaking a word search in the NIV reveals only four instances of its use in the Bible; three in the OT and one in the NT. If you are determined to set a new year resolution, let it take your focus in life off yourself and onto God. Personally I would rather follow Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 2:2 where he says:
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
So if you do wish to make a new year resolution, resolve in this coming year to know the Lord Jesus more and more.
Pray: Father, may we be resolved to know your Son more and more during this coming year. Draw us closer to yourself through prayer and Bible study. Amen