Why New Year Resolutions are Fickle

It’s the New Year, which means a lot of people are getting ready to crush their resolutions for the year. But most won’t achieve them. Why?

 James 4:13-17
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;” whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boat in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

In making your New Year’s resolutions, have you sought God’s will? Are you leaving room for God to interrupt your plans? Over this next year, it may be in God’s plan to allow you to be tried. It may be that He will allow you to suffer. Are you prepared to bend to His will and sacrifice your own on the altar? Will you bow in submission to Him, trusting that He knows best?

Don’t be arrogant in assuming that God’s plans are the same as yours. And be careful not to put yourself in God’s place, not letting go of your plans when God is clearly leading in a different direction. The Bible says that such boasting is evil. If God is good (which He is), then His will is good. Therefore if we don’t do His will, it is sin. Which means we must repent.

Trust Him with your plans, not yourself.

Happy New Year!

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