Get Focused For This New Year
Did you make any resolutions for the New Year? Chances are that you did. Now, for a more cynical question – did you break any yet? If you’re human, the chances are pretty good that you will break those resolutions. By no means am I calling these resolutions bad – people don’t usually resolve to eat more junk food, or start up smoking, or yell at their kids more. So if these resolutions are positive and such a wise decision (usually), how come it’s so easy to get off track? I believe focus is a key.
Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction”. Revelation keeps us focused – and this is true for anything in life, not just New Year’s resolutions. There’s probably some confusion on exactly what ‘revelation’ is, so let’s clear that up. In this context, it’s not necessarily talking about some supernatural vision or word given to us by God. God can give you a revelation like that and it would most definitely get you focused, but most often it’s a subtle but greater understanding of something, often changing your perspective on that something. For example, if you go through life not fully understanding salvation and then have a revelation regarding just what the price our sin was and the consequences of sin, you would most likely have a new desire to grow closer to God through your relationship with Jesus, and lead others into that relationship as well. Call it what you like – vision, revelation, understanding, etc. – it will keep you focused on your goal.
So how do we get revelation for aspects of our life? Simple – we ask God. [Time to clarify a point: we shouldn’t ask God to just ‘do it for me’, as that won’t help you to grow and He wants you to mature, but asking God to help you do it is totally fine, especially because He has to drag most people to a point of reliance upon Him anyways.] Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take”. This verse explains how pretty clearly, but so often we just want to do things our way. We lean on our understanding, and it pulls us into the ditch every time. We seek our will, and then ask God to clean up our mess. If only we could learn to trust Him and seek Him in everything… (speaking from experience). So in simple terms, we get revelation by trusting God’s ways, not ours. We seek Him, and then we will be able to hear what He has to say.
How exactly can a revelation help you? Like the title suggests, it gives you something to focus upon. It’s a specific understand that puts things into perspective. For example, you can try to quit drinking, just thinking ‘it’d be healthier and save me money’, but you’d be more prone to failure. If you have a revelation of how that behavior is dangerous and you are giving your booze more time than your God, you’d probably quit for good. Or let’s take lust – a revelation of how it damages your ability to relate to your spouse (or future spouse) and how selfish and unlike Christ it is would stop you from looking at what you shouldn’t when nobody sees you.
So take your New Year’s resolutions, and give them over to God. Ask how He wants you to proceed with them, how you’ll complete them. Ask Him if there’s anything He wants to change in you. Seek God (not other’s opinions) for a personal revelation, and get your life focused this year.
The BOTTOM LINE: Ask God for His wisdom, and ask Him for revelation to keep you focused on what’s important in His eyes.