In order to last, New Year’s resolutions need some sort of foundation. You could found your resolutions upon many good things, but if you leave God out, even the best of things can crumble and fall. God wants His relationship with you to be the top priority in your life and for everything else to be built upon it.
“And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.” (Ezra 3:11b-13)
The Israelites in this story had just come out of a time of ruin and oppression and were beginning the joyous work of rebuilding the temple. The temple was representative of their own downfall and years of captivity because it had been cast down just as they had been in Babylon. Upon their return to Jerusalem, they have this tremendous opportunity to start anew—in their lives and in their faith in God. They raised money and gathered the materials to lay the foundation of the temple because they recognized that in order for their new beginning to be good and lasting, they needed to start with God.
We have this same great opportunity every day (Lamentations 3:22-23), but New Years always brings it front and center. As you are entering the New Year, you too must take care to ensure that God is the true foundation of all of your new endeavors, small or great. When you begin to see your God-founded dreams coming to life, you will know that it is God who is bringing them to pass.
And along with Israel, you can shout for joy and know that you are walking with God and that He is working His will out through you because your heart is founded on Him.
I shout for joy for glorious new beginnings. (Ezra 3:12, Driving Reflections—Transformation / Renewal)