And with one more click of the clock tonight, we will begin to change the last number on the date we write down. A new number will be on everything of importance that is time sensitive. Most things we deal with are time sensitive. So there will be a click of the clock at midnight tonight that is really just a passing moment like all the rest. But this one makes us notice something else that is really happening all the time too, but we tend to not pay attention. This something is what we call change.
With the coming of the New Year we make take the moment to make some promises to ourselves we call with a big word: RESOLUTIONS. Have you made any yet? Are you thinking of making any?
Are you making any plans for 2018? I have a few things on my calendar already for 2018, but not too many. My big question is when the "click" of midnight comes a few hours from now will anything really change? Will anything be different in your life?
This thought about change occurred to me as I completed reading my Through the Year Bible this morning. I am finished once again reading the entire Bible. Often when we finish something we like to sit back and look at it and say "Ahhh!" We then want to sit down and enjoy the product of our work. Yet, I am not through reading God's word. In fact reading God's Word has a new beginning for me tomorrow morning. Yes, I will start at the beginning again. I also choose to start at the beginning again, with Oswald Chambers devotions My Utmost for His Highest. I read Chambers thoughts first every day and then the portion of my Scripture for the day. I do not let things deter or distract me from it, if at all possible. This is a choice I make each day. Not a choice just because the year is changing. You see the decision to read and focus on the Lord in a "quiet time" each day is one that I must have in my life. In so many ways it is more important than even eating. My spiritual health is tied to this time of feeding on God's Word.
I am writing to encourage those of you who are not reading God's word on a regular basis. At the first of the year so often reading the Bible is one of the resolutions that is on the list. But sadly, so often the first one to be forgotten a few days past the first click of the clock on January 1.
As I finished this morning with these two books there is a feeling of accomplishment. But also a feeling of excitement to renew my commitment to begin my reading again. Of everything you can think of to try to change tonight with the significant click of the clock that is coming, nome is more important than a commitment to read the Word of God. It is a choice, and you can begin now. You do have to even wait until tomorrow.
To finish up this thought read the final paragraph from Chambers this morning:
Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ. Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.