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“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”—Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
As we start a new year, many of us will focus on making goals or resolutions we would like to accomplish in the coming twelve months. Here are four considerations for 2018 that we can garner from two of the most experienced men in scripture: Job and Solomon.
First, God appoints times and seasons. In Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, Solomon tells us God has appointed all the events in our lives—happy, sad, easy, and hard. Even the day of our birth and death are scheduled. The marvel and wonder is that God has your life beautifully planned. Do you believe that? He is in ultimate control of all things. He purposes good for you even when we do not understand what is happening. Solomon says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV). The Lord has wonderfully orchestrated every single thing about your life!
Second, God, who is unchanging, is a God of change. Evidence of change is all around: seasons change, the young mature, and the new becomes old. Genesis 8:32 says as long as the earth remains, planting and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night will not cease. Consider that God changed you from having been lost in sin to being made alive in Him. He uses everything—good and bad—to mold you into the person He has created you to be and has called you to become.
Third, God purposes your change and growth. Rest assured that God wills your best. In his hard journey, Job knew this about God, and it is wise for you to know that personally in your own life. Job 23:10 (NKJV) says, “He knows the way that I take: When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” So allow the Lord to refine you.
Finally, God sets everything in its time so life can be enjoyed (Ecclesiastes 3:12-15). As you walk with the Lord this year, stay close to Him. Make the most of each event and each season of change. And remember to enjoy the gifts you’ve been given. Enjoy your life. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your work. Enjoy a hobby. Most importantly, enjoy your Creator, so that this year can be the best year growing in Him!
DIG: Write down something specific you want God to do in your life this year.
DISCOVER: When January 1, 2019 rolls around, how would you like to describe the spiritual growth you had in 2018?
DISPLAY: You are His workmanship and you display His glory in who He made you to be. Tell others your testimony of what He has done and is doing in you.