For most of the world, this is the time of year when people set New Year’s resolutions. The problem with the annual resolution ritual is that whatever commitments are made on January 1st are typically abandoned before January 31st. When this is the case, the rest of the year we feel bad that we didn’t have the willpower to stick with whatever we committed to doing. This year, instead of possibly setting yourself up for failure, why not try an un-resolution?
Years ago, a pastor friend, Glen Elliot, challenged his church members to choose one word that would be their focus for the new year. Choosing one word would allow God the opportunity throughout the year to reveal new things about themselves and about God Himself.
I started doing that with my church each year. It has been a delight to hear the individual testimonies of how God used a single word to change their lives throughout the year.
This year, I encouraged my church family to pick one new word for 2018 and to look for God to reveal aspects of that word in their daily Bible reading time. I encouraged them, that when God reveals a particularly meaningful verse to them, to memorize it. By memorizing the verse, we become familiar with the deeper nuances of the verse that we may not have seen at first.
Thinking on the deeper nuances is called meditation. Meditation actually means to ruminate or chew on it. Mediating on God’s word can and will be the key to your success. Joshua 1:8b says, “…you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (NKJV)
Did you see the deeper nuances in that verse? By meditating on God’s Word, we truly make our way prosperous and successful. Meditating on God’s Word is a biblical recipe for your good success each year.
Imagine the excitement you will experience praying for God to reveal a special word to you for 2018. Imagine the adventure you will have reading the Bible throughout the year and having God reveal specific verses He wants you to memorize. Imagine the success you will enjoy by meditating on those verses and seeing lasting fruit from that. Maybe that is the image David was trying to put in our minds when he talked about meditating on God’s Word in Psalm 1:2-3; “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His Law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (NKJV)
My prayer for you in 2018 is, “that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2 NKJV)
Happy New Year!!!