Good Advice for 2018

Duane Vander Klok

“Find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:4-6 NKJV)

At the beginning of every new year, lots of well-intentioned people make resolutions to change something they wish was different in their lives. Some resolve to exercise every day, to eat better, stop a bad habit or to spend more quality time with their family. While some are able to stay committed to their resolutions – at least for a little while – many lose focus as they become preoccupied with other things.

As you look forward to this new year, why not start out by praying and ask God for His direction? What God instructs you to do, the Holy Spirit will also enable you to do, but how can we expect God’s blessing on things we attempt in the flesh, apart from Him?

Let’s take another look at our scripture of the week, this time from the Living Bible:
“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

In Jeremiah 17:5, God speaks through the prophet and tells us that the heart of a person who trusts in the flesh has departed from Him. Not good. But He goes on to say: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV).

So as 2018 begins, here’s some great advice, not just for the new year, but for each day: Instead of focusing on resolutions, why not begin seeking God first, hearing His voice and trusting Him like never before. Remember, the things that God directs, He will also empower you to do.

May God bless you and give you a prosperous new year!