Here we are in the last week of January 2020 already!
I have a question for you. How’s that New Year’s resolution going?
Gasp! Yes, I went there. But before you get angry and stop reading because most likely your resolution has been long forgotten—I promise I have a good point to make. Stick with me, okay?
The fact is, resolutions aren’t that effective. According to research, only 8 percent of us are successful in achieving them.
However, many of us make some kind of goal or plan when we hit another New Year, even if we don’t officially call it a “resolution.”
Oh, how we long for our goals and plans to work out. But no matter how much planning we do, we don’t know what the future holds.
“I wish I knew if taking this new job was worth it.”
“I wish I knew if this relationship is worth pursuing further.”
Do you want to know that your plans and hard work are going to pan out for your good?
Of course, you do!
We all have this desire. Well, there is a way. But I must warn you, the way I’m referring to has only one narrow path. Many have attempted down this road and turned back. But if you wish to give it a try (and I strongly suggest you do), you will be in good company. The most revered sages of the ages have successfully traveled this road—King David, his son Solomon, and Martin Luther, to name a few.
Another thing I should warn you about is the price of taking the narrow path. Yes, there is a price. Come on, you know that anything worth having costs us something. So, naturally having the peace of knowing that all your plans are going to work out for the good, will cost you. How much?
“Commit everything to the LORD; trust in Him and He will help you.” Psalm 37:5 NLT
Now, hold on. I know it sounds daunting. Or perhaps you’re thinking, impossible. I assure you, not only is it possible, there will be help along the way. How do I know this?
Because nothing is impossible with God.
The Scripture above says if you commit everything to the Lord and trust in Him, then He will help you. Did you catch that? The Almighty Creator of the universe will act for little ole’ you and me if we commit EVERYTHING to Him.
You see, our God is a God of wholeness and completeness.
When He starts something, He will always finish it. If someone He loves is broken or lacking, He desires to heal and put them back together. No one else is capable of this.
The only way to secure successful plans is down the road called Submission.
Everything comes back to this: Submit your whole life to God then do what He says.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 NLT
Remember, God is a God of completeness. He wants ALL of us so that He can accomplish ALL that He has planned for us.
If we withhold parts of ourselves, we are cutting ourselves short of something better.
And God’s better is always best!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT
We cling to the hope in these verses! Yes, indeed, God has good plans for us. But did you also notice the verse that says “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me?”
This word wholeheartedly is derived from the Hebrew word bə·ḵōl which means everything, with all.
Although it may not come easy at first to give over our lives and plans to God, when we do there is a peace like no other on earth.
Submission is the first and most important step of our spiritual growth plan—of all our plans.
This one-step plan of giving everything to Jesus is the only one we will ever need!
Trust me, all the other details we so desperately desire will most certainly follow.
So, what are you waiting for?
Is there a dream or plan or anything that you have been withholding from God? Take a few minutes to meditate on this question. Ask God to show you. Then take a moment to meditate on the Scriptures above.
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