The New Year has arrived full of hopes and dreams. A fresh new outlook to the world we live in. Yet, is another day following the day before, absolutely nothing special about that fact. However, because it is the mark of a new year, many fill themselves with new hopes, resolutions, and possibilities. I will be doing the same, but like many, I will do all those things with God’s guidance.
God provides guidance. We listen. Sometimes, we do not like his guidance. We tend to ignore it. Why would we do that? Maybe, because we do not want to do what he wants us to. How can we ignore him? We can do so easily, but the consequences may be negative in the end.
When I hear God guiding me, I listen. I have to. He knows what is best for me. Even though, my human nature wants to question it, I need to listen. He has laid a path for me. He knows the course I need to take. He knows where I am headed. He knows where I will end up if I listen, and he knows where I will end up If I don’t.
Life is difficult as it is. Why complicate it more than it needs to be? There is no reason to do so. How can we listen, understand, and do the right thing? The answer is to pray to God not only to guide us, but also to help us listen to his guidance.
Prayer is the only communication we have with him. The Bible tells us to pray. It goes as far as telling us to pray in secret.
6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 8 close the door, and pray to your Father insecret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
Why in secret? It is not because he wants us to hide. It is because in secret we find ourselves in a place where we are free of distractions, we can pour our hearts out to him, and we are praying to communicate with him.
In secret, we pray quietly, we have peace in our surroundings, and we can listen. I forget sometimes. A simple command and I forget to follow it. I struggle every day to stay close to him. Life has so many demands which can easily distract me and take me away from him.
What if we cannot find a quiet place to pray. Then pray anywhere or anytime you find it necessary. It is best to speak with him, let him know what is in our hearts, than not do so at all.
Same way we remember to go to sleep each day, we should remember God in our lives. He is the one constant we have. He is willing, ready, and able to converse with us. He stops everything to listen to us. When others do not have time for us, he always does.
In the New Year, continue to have dreams and hopes. Be filled with faith. Speak with God, pray to him, and listen. I am going to continue doing what he expects from me. With him by my side, who can be against me? No one can be. What can I accomplish? Everything and so can you. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives; let us make it the best one yet. In the beginning, he remembered you and me. Let us emember him today.
8:22 The Lord created me as the beginning of his works,
before his deeds of long ago.
8:23 From eternity I was appointed,
from the beginning, from before the world existed.