2018 is still in its infancy, but those who made New Year’s resolutions have already experienced varying degrees of success. Some are doing well. Others are lagging behind. And some, unable to muster the time or strength to follow through, have simply given up.
There is no shame in trying – even if we fail. We are, after all, human. And that means we will never be perfect.
We will never be everything we want to be.
We will never accomplish everything we want to accomplish.
Fortunately for us, however, we do not have to be perfect – because God is.
Thankfully, we do not have to accomplish great things – because God will.
One of the most remarkable things about God is that He is always there for us. Always cheering us onward. Always ready to lift us on His shoulders whether we finish first or last.
When we are in the world, we place our trust in God – and we are never without hope.
But when we are of the world, we place our trust in ourselves – and we are seldom pleased with the results.
In the penultimate chapter of the final book of the Bible, John continued to record the visions he saw and the words he heard through the power of the Risen Christ. They are comforting words, words that build us up, give us courage, and empower us to go on. Most of all, they make clear that God is still on His throne and still in our corner:
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. … Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Revelation 21:1-5, NKJV
As you continue your journey of faith in the New Year, do not hesitate to lean on God when times begin to overwhelm you or people begin to disappoint you. Our Lord is there for you – and, like His words, He is true and faithful.
-- Dr. John Morris