Monday, January 5, 2015

A Resolution You Can Count On

Happy New Year all!

This week has been very busy and informative with work and New Year celebrations and all the commercials and advertisements that showed me just how my life is lacking and of course the solutions they’re willing to bring to me for just a small fee. It’s amazing how unhealthy, unfit, ill-invested, and unprepared for this year’s tax return I am and how easy and quick their solutions are. And of course with all the time and money I save, I can get that new hair care system, wrinkle remover and revolutionary cookware that does all the work for me.

This is the time of year when so many Americans make New Year’s resolutions to change their lives by eating better, losing weight, being more diligent in saving money and starting early on our taxes, etc. We make these resolutions hoping to carry through on the commitment and knowing we probably won’t. A resolution is a promise, a pledge, or vow we make to ourselves which is why so many of them fail. Commitment, resolution, promise, pledge, vow…these words don’t really mean a whole lot in today’s world. Most New Year’s resolutions die before the end of February and you can usually only count on promises until the other party has a good excuse to break it. Non-profit organizations everywhere struggle to meet their budgets every year because of unmet pledges. And vows—have you checked the divorce rate lately? I’m not sure we as a people have a real understanding of what commitment is and maybe that’s why so many New Year’s resolutions fail.

When I want to get a real understanding of commitment, I only need to look as far as my Bible. God made a commitment in Genesis that he would make a way for us to once again be in relationship with him. His commitment never wavered, even when we walked away from him many times (as we read about in the Old Testament) and he stepped out of eternity to squeeze himself into the tiny life of man being born as a baby. He lived with us, loved us, taught us how to be in relationship with him again and then died on a cross and rose from the dead to repair the breach in our relationship with him so that we might once again enjoy and celebrate his glory in his very presence. His commitment still holds as he meticulously renews his creation. He could do this all with a single thought in a single moment, but his will is to work this miracle in and through believers until his glory and grace spreads through every jungle, every iceberg, and every desert—every inch of the earth he created.

His word is unfailing. His promises are sure. His vow is unbreakable.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:3-5

1 comment:

Audrey said...

Thank you for this post Maureen. I've been thinking a lot about my life lately,and your words spoke to me. I need to remember that through it all I can count on Him!