Take a look at this:
On the 31st of December 2013.
Man: Okay, I’ll just watch porn this last time and from tomorrow I’ll never try it again. I want to never watch porn in the year 2014, that’s my new year’s resolution, I wanna be a whole new person in 2014. Amen.
We’ve done something similar right? Even if it wasn’t porn. Maybe stealing, getting too angry, lying, eating too much or some other thing…
Like everyone, I’ve made so many new-year resolutions, telling myself “Okay, from today January 1, I won’t do this or do that” and like everyone, I’ve never kept to any of these resolutions. I’d always find myself after few months, doing the same thing I said I wouldn’t do. Or sometimes, I’d find myself doing those same things on just the second day of the year. (haha!)
This has taught me a lot of things. It has taught me that We can’t do anything in our own strength. We can’t just assume we’ll stop the wrong things we do by our own power. Nah, it doesn’t work that way. It’s also taught me that THE NEW YEAR DOESN’T CHANGE US OR MAKE US NEW. If I had issues with anger on the 31st of December and desired not to change genuinely, I will still have issues with anger on the 1st day of January. Nothing changes. If I was a terrible thief and liar on the last day of December, I’d still have that itchy feeling to want to steal and lie even on the first day of the next year. Period.
The new year cannot make us new. The new year has never made anyone new; but God has, and God can. So instead of trusting “your strength”, trust God. Don’t wait until it’s a new year before you think of changing your ways. CHANGE THEM NOW! Don’t rely on “you”. Rely on God and trust his plans for you and for the year ahead. And if you’ve got to change your ways, change them genuinely. See, God isn’t looking at the calender; It doesn’t matter to Him if it’s the beginning or middle or end of the year. If a man is really willing to change and to trust God, God is ready to receive and to help him.
So, my darling…I’ll leave you with this: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3 : 5-6