New Year

2015 is finished. How did you do?

Typically, I create a list of gains and loss- es, record them, assess the knowledge, and do the same exactly the same thing the next year. Measuring out successes, victories, failures, and defeats of 2015, I find myself more and more trying to define what good the information does me. Recording the information helps me very little if there is not significant course correction. Knowledge does me little good if there is no wisdom.

Our record keeping devices, computers, phones, and even watches are forever improving to create a precise digital log filled with terrific amounts of knowledge. It is unsettling to recognize the amounts of personal information stored on our devices, yet we still passionately use them. The sheer volume of data should enhance our understanding of our true self. Instead we passively look at the information in a strange and disregarding manner and shrug it off. The width of knowledge grows moment by moment and without using wisdom to gain depth of who we are, the whole of life becomes painfully predictable.

In 2016 I pray that God’s Will be my dream. I am ready to walk with Him in new ways and where there has been failure and brokenness I am asking for victory and wholeness. When we approach the new year with a desire to be in the pres- ence of God, He responds in profound ways.

I am reminded of a battle in 2 Chronicles where the Israelites are devastatingly out numbered and it seems that everything is at an end:

“... For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You ... Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel ... thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s ... You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!” Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12-17)

God is at work even now. He is going ahead of you and fighting battles. This next year can be a repeat of the year before. We can be negligent with the knowledge we have been given. Or we can position ourselves against the waring enemy. Taking overwhelming situations and circumstances to our Lord and letting Him fight the battles ahead of us. Eliminating fear and anxiety, and moving against the dangerous enemy that sur- rounds us, we can have victory and have it even now.

Or we can do the same thing we did last year.

2016 has begun.

Anthony