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We’re getting close to the start of a New Year, so I’ll tell you a couple of things I know to help if you’re a resolution-y sort of person:
1. There is only one thing that is necessary.
2. Time with Jesus matters more than most resolutions on your list.
In light of those three things, here’s my suggestion for your New Year: commit to fighting for time in the Word.
I recently got the privilege to be a part of creating a beautiful Advent Devotional with my church. There are a few extra days that we didn’t include in the guide that I thought I’d share. Grab some time each day this next week and process these things prayerfully with God and with your family and community!
Looking backward & looking forward.
In Deuteronomy 3, God encourages the people to “remember the days of old” and to “consider the years of many generations.” And in Proverbs 14:8 God tells us that a wise man looks ahead.
Tell me true and glorious things this Christmas Eve, Jonathan Edwards:
Therefore as God with perfect clearness, fullness and strength, understands Himself, views His own essence (in which there is no distinction of substance and act but which is wholly substance and wholly act), that idea which God hath of Himself is absolutely Himself. This representation of the Divine nature and essence is the Divine nature and essence again: so that by God’s thinking of the Deity must certainly be generated. Hereby there is another person begotten, there is another Infinite Eternal Almighty and most holy and the same God, the very same Divine nature.
This verse made me cry this morning:
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth, (Psalm 138:4 ESV)
Psalm 138 is a psalm about thanking God with your whole heart. That feeling of heart-fullness that you experience when deep gratitude overwhelms you – that feeling is one of my favorite feelings in the world.
And this morning, I cried when I read verse 4 because it isn’t crazy to me. I totally get why kings would feel their hearts full to the brim with gratitude because of the gracious gift of God letting them hear the words of His mouth. And that is crazy.