I haven’t been to the gym (nor am I planning on going) but I bet you money they’re busting at the seams right now. Resolutions to get in shape, to lose weight, to fit into those old jeans are driving memberships through the roof. Me? I ate pizza for lunch.
The new year always begins with a bang. Everyone of us, in one way or another, takes stock of where we are, where we thought we’d be, and where we’d like to be when the calendar rolls over with a new last number. Some are militant about it, others philosophical, while others act like they don’t care at all (liars). There’s something about that number change that stirs something in us all.
As I said in my last post, I’ve been taking stock of where I am in my relationship with the Lord since the year began. I pray you have been doing the same. Today, as I was reading in Genesis, this verse hit me:
“And he (Abram) went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai.” Gen. 13:3
This return took place after Abe had journeyed down to Egypt (foolishly) and lied about his wife to Pharaoh. He went down to Egypt because there was a famine in the land God promised to give him. He was looking to the world to help him, instead of looking to the Lord. Not a good year for Abe, I must say.
So what did he do? Did he go out and try to find new land? Did he go in search of another god? Did he leave his wife to find another? No! He went back to where it all began. He went back to where God called him to go.
In this new year, how many of us are seeking satisfaction, comfort, solace, hope, etc. in every place the world has to offer? Instead, we should around, go back to the start, and seek it from the only One Who can truly give it: God.
There’s a reason the gym will be empty in 3 weeks. The jeans still won’t fit you in 2 months. The new car won’t complete you, and neither will the new “friend.” As Solomon wisely stated, it’s all vanity. Well…it’s all vanity if it’s not founded in and upon Christ.
So this year, as you walk out your resolutions, as we all try to make changes (cause let’s face it folks, none of us have it all together!), why not make one that will truly change you? Why not return to the lover of your soul, the One Who died that you might have life? Or, if you’ve never turned His way before, why not try? You’ve tried everything else.
So let’s go back to the start.