Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 2, 2020
Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles 20:12
A new year brings with it a chance to reset, refresh, and refocus. Like a misaligned car pulling constantly to the right, as we journey through the year we often find ourselves settled in habits that do not move us forward in faith but solidify and deepen patterns of brokenness. It is for good reason that we collectively as a society take a new year by the reigns and seize upon the opportunity to pursue change in our lives.
What do we do, though, when we don’t know what’s truly best? Sure, we could begin another diet or join the local gym, but what is our greatest need? Especially if we find ourselves in places of very real grief, loss, or financial instability, clarity of heart and mind can be elusive and difficult to discern. Simply put, as self-assured as we like to present ourselves to others, we frequently find ourselves in places where we don’t know what to do.
As 2 Chronicles reminds us, the people of Israel often found themselves in this position. Facing overwhelming challenges, rather than hiding their fears or pretending they didn’t exist, they acknowledged their inability to fix their problems on their own, saying “we have no power to face this vast army.” Acknowledging our powerlessness is the first step to encountering the power of God. The prayer of God’s people of old should be our prayer in every generation: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Before you rush into the typical new year’s resolutions, take a minute and sit with the fact that losing a few pounds, organizing your closet, or crafting a new budget may not be your greatest need. In fact, you and I may not even know what our greatest need is! Take comfort in that, and this year make one simple, but profound resolution- turn your eyes to the Lord. Look to him for direction, believing that he loves you and will not leave you. Daily center your life on him, and as you abide in him, you will find the clarity and courage you need to enter into this year with a heart filled with faith!
Father, in our doubt and confusion we turn to you as our only true source of life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Resolve this year to carve out intentional time with the Lord as a way to turn your eyes daily to him.
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