Probably everyone of us reading this blog has made some kind of resolution in the New Year. We discover all too quickly that our will is not as strong as we had hoped, and by day two or three or ten, we have come to the end of our resolve.
I want to live carefully and wisely in 2016, and to do so I am guided by the prayer of Moses. I love this beautiful prayer found in Psalm 90. Moses admits that he is weak and in need of the wisdom of the Almighty. So how do we live wisely?
1. Acknowledge God in Everything: Moses says; "Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations...from everlasting to everlasting you are God." What a great way to start the year, month, week and day! God has always been and will always be God, and He will keep us and our families through all the generations. The only way I know how to start my day is by calling on the Lord and telling Him how much I need Him.
2. Live Carefully: Moses acknowledges here in verse ten, "Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures...for they quickly pass, and we fly away." Life is short my friends. So let us live live wisely and well. In verse 12 Moses says, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." We never know when our time will come and that is why it is important to live every day to the full and to live it wisely and well.
3. Seek God's Favor: Moses ends His prayer with these words in verse 17; "May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands." All we really need is the favor of God. As we seek His favor—seek to please Him—make His heart glad, He will establish the work of our hands.
So my friend, most of our resolutions will probably fizzle along the way. But to seek His wisdom and His favor in 2016 is a wise way to live the year. I resolve with my heart to seek His favor during 2016. I resolve to live wisely and to make the heart of my God glad. I trust you will join me in praying this prayer in 2016.
I pray the best of God's blessings upon each and everyone of your lives.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,