re-solve / verb:
decide firmly on a course of action.
As we find ourselves in a new year, of course the topic of New Year’s resolutions comes up. I admit that over the past few years, I’ve become much less of a goal setting type.
Sure, I have a few “some day” type dreams that I know I could force into fruition, but have chosen to sit back and really try to trust the Lord’s timing in these things. I value goals and having the plans to achieve them, but I’m honestly just not in a place right now where I’m putting a big emphasis on it.
So as everyone is talking about resolutions I found myself pondering…
(I’ll interrupt myself here and say that I had to make a 4 hour drive this week so some pondering was bound to happen.)
Some old song lyrics came to mind, a song I’ve sung while leading worship that means so much more to me now than it did 15 years ago. I had surface level understanding of what I was singing back then, but I’m at a place in my life now with a deeper understanding of scripture and these lyrics just hit different.
It’s like knowing some things about motherhood and then becoming a mother.
There’s just a different depth of understanding.
So this is the song that came to mind:
I have decided, I have resolved To wait upon You Lord My rock and redeemer, shield and reward I'll wait upon You Lord
As surely as the sun will rise
You'll come to us Certain as the dawn appears
You'll come Let Your glory fall as You respond to us
Spirit rain Flood into our thirsty hearts again You'll come You'll come
We are not shaken We are not moved We wait upon You Lord
The mighty deliverer Our triumph and truth We wait upon You Lord
Chains be broken Lives be healed Eyes be opened Christ is revealed
Songwriter: Fraser Brooke Gabrielle
You'll Come lyrics © Hillsong Music Publishing Australia
I realized I HAVE made a resolution and it’s unchanging from year to year.
I have decided, I have resolved to wait upon the Lord.
The Day of the Lord Is Coming (2 Peter)
3 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.[a]
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
Peter’s Final Words
17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
Every choice that I make regarding my home, my children, my marriage, my business…
it all falls under and answers to this one goal, this one purpose, this one resolution.
Every ambition of mine has to bend it's knee in light of the coming kingdom and the day of the Lord. I pray that the resolutions and goals we all make will have fruit that lasts longer than just this life!