“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
At this time of year, it's easy to go overboard with New Year's Resolutions, making many ambitious plans and no real method on how to get there. But in many things, there's a saying that rings true; ‘Less is More’.
We tend to have a lot of aims and goals in life and by no means is that a bad thing - Proverbs 21:5 says “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance...” - but in our goal setting and ambitious pursuits, we should remember to prioritise God. The well known scripture, Matthew 6:33 captures the essence of this perfectly; “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
To 'omit’ is to exclude or to leave out. Omitting food in order to commit to God during this fast is only the beginning. As we journey together, let's commit to omit the things that are hindering us from committing our most treasured resources to God - our effort, our attention and our time.
Let's omit fear - less fear means more boldness to step out and do what the Lord has called us to do. We will see doors opening in all directions.
Let's omit doubt - less doubt means more faith, which is pleasing to God. We will see Him work wonders in our situation, our friends and families and the church.
Let's omit distractions - less distraction means more focus, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We will be able to lay aside every weight and run the race that is set before us!
You're waiting on God and trusting Him for something new this year. It may even be something you were waiting on since last year or beyond. But God is saying that He wants you to really prioritise Him now. Seeking God's Kingdom and righteousness is like having a shopping bag. Trying to hold all of the added things will get really tricky if you haven't got your bag ready!
Omit the things that are getting in the way of you committing to making God top priority in your life, and watch how God blesses your 2022.
Further Study: Matthew 14:26-29, Hebrews 11:6-10, Hebrews 12:1-2