Isaiah 43:19  “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?”

twenty-postconsumer-new-year-s-resolutions-ldHMPF-clipartA news item yesterday happened to detail some research about resolutions. Two quotes from it: “…the best resolutions are the ones that achieve a chunk of a longer-term plan you have for yourself, rather than those that are vague and aspirational…To keep a resolution, you have to be boringly meticulous – you have to plan.” Another quote that I used a lot in my working life was, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Planning is an important part of life, particularly when you want to change what you are doing. I once heard a sermon entitled, “If you keep on doing what you have always done, then you will keep on getting what you’ve always got.” I don’t remember the content of the sermon, but I certainly remember the strapline!

I finished my last blog with a personal challenge – that I want to know God more. Isaiah 43 starts with a loving and impassioned plea from God, directed at His people Israel, detailing all that he had done for them, and was still willing to do. Then He says in verse 22, “But…you refuse to ask for My help.” And that’s the crux of the matter. The paradox is that I will never keep to a plan of getting to know God more unless I ask for His help in the process of planning. So I pray that prayer this morning, believing that He will faithfully answer.

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