“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
What a great scripture for the new year!! This was the scripture of the day that popped up in my bible app on January 1st and it was the scripture that spoke to Steve and I four years ago, which changed our lives. Smack in the middle of confusion, God showed us that verse and encouraged us that he was on the move. Although we saw no hope or no answers, God was saying “I’m doing something new and you are about to witness a miracle”. And we did.
God is always doing something new. We just don’t aways see it, nor do we always respond correctly (living obediently and actually seeking direction). At the time that verse appeared to us, Steve had just moved out, he got shot and I was just out of surgery for an emergency appendectomy. Does any of that sound miraculous or awesome? Heck no. It seemed our life was falling apart. But, while we both were thrown into a hospital room together and circumstances were forcing our hand, we couldn’t deny God was up to something. The truth is, he’s ALWAYS up to something. We just don’t always see it!
So, what did we do? We sought Him. We dedicated nearly every window of free time to finding out what God was trying to tell us and seeking direction. If he was about to do a miracle, we didn’t want to miss it.
If you are in need of a miracle, if you want a new life and a fresh start, it must start with putting God first. It’s the only order that works. You can’t put your job first or your spouse first. It has to be God at the top. If you do that, everything else falls into place.
Fresh Start Begins with Good Direction:
While I reflect on the past year and ponder what I want to work on in 2018, one thing I know is I don’t want to do anything without God’s lead. Whether you believe the stories told in the Bible or not, even the greatest scholars can’t deny the book is packed with wisdom when they study it. Most people just don’t take the time to actually study the Bible like they study text books.
Finance problems? Scripture addresses it.
Relationship problems? Scripture addresses it.
Trouble with kids? Scripture addresses it.
Struggle with food/drink? Scripture addresses it..
All the common struggle we have today people had 2,000 years ago – from greed to sex to money to being done wrong. It’s all in there and there is instructions on how to respond properly to all of it.
SO, what is my point?
My point is no matter what your goal is. Even if you don’t believe there was a Jesus who loved you enough to die for you, if we want more wisdom to excel in life and to make the right decisions, we should study the Bible like we studied school books to learn our trade.
More Wisdom in 2018
“Knowledge begins with respect for the LORD, but fools hate wisdom and discipline.”
Proverbs 1:7 NCV
Wisdom isn’t smarts. There are a lot of smart people who make really dumb decisions. Wisdom isn’t knowing more. It’s knowing how to properly using the information we have.
Most of us know a lot of great information, but we are just not applying it properly. Make a commitment this year to seek God as you pursue your goals. To put Him first and seek His perfect wisdom. If we do this, we will be shocked at how much different this year will look.
Wise Up! Not sure where to start? Why not proverbs? Proverbs has 31 chapters PACKED with wisdom for the first 31 days of the new year. Download the Bible app, choose the version (choose an easy to read version like the NIV (New international version), GW (God’s word), MSG (message) are some of my favs. Read one chapter a day and see what God teaches you .❤
Follow me on my personal facebook page for daily recaps of each chapter and my own personal feelings on what that chapter means to me.
Stay tuned for health and fitness tips for the new year – and, of course, motivation!!