There I sat before a blank calendar, each little square was full of potential. Three actually did have an appointment in them planned a month in advance. So what will fill in the other little boxes? What are my priorities for this new year? One thing I have resolved: God is number One; each day must be planned out as He designs it, for I've chosen to commit my life to Him. So my first commitment each morning is to set an appointment to meet with Him.
Hiding back stage somewhere is God’s not yet revealed plan for me. Truthfully I am so eager to find it and move out in it, but I know I must wait for God’s timing in all things. My tendency to hurry out ahead of God can have me following a path right over a cliff instead of learning the territory and walking with His protection. Do you have any of these tendencies? How do you wait in peace?
One thing I do recognize is that while in waiting mode, I must move on doing what God has already set up in my daily life. He will bring His perfect timing about. Meanwhile, I wish to see His plan moving on, so I ask Him:
What is Your biggest goal, Lord? Scripture tells me Jesus last instructions:
Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has
been given to me. 19 Therefore go and
make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
'It is that the unsaved come to know Christ.' If that’s His biggest goal, it's gotta be mine too! If I look at my family, friends and acquaintances how many are unsaved? Yes, there are some. Lord, show me how to pray for them; please open doors to speak your truth into their lives, and your timing for the conversation. I cannot force the doors open, but God, You can cause them to open the doors. Also, if a divine appointment crosses my path, Lord, I ask You to open my eyes to see and my mouth to speak forth Your words.
Father, I also lift up my bothers and sisters across the world who are being systematically raped and cruelly murdered in a Christian genocide governments are refusing to recognize. Be with them Lord, and guide them; give them courage and strength and bring them swiftly home to You. If it’s Your will that some escape, then hide them well Lord and send Your angels to protect them. Bring Your righteousness into this lost world Lord; bring us leaders who know and follow You.
My friends, Look carefully at your options for the new year, and lift them up in prayer before making decisions; let Your spirit be ever seeking God's will in life situations. May this new year be the very best year of your life as you journey through it following Jesus.