“We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey, but the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. ” [Numbers 13:27]
A new year like a new lifestyle means we have the opportunity to receive more of the promises of God for our daily lives. However, there is a big difference in these two. A new year has already begun and will continue on its path regardless of our decisions, but for a new lifestyle there are decisions of the heart to be made. There are new challenges to face and along with the challenges new fears. The year will roll on by the same power that created and established ‘today’; a word that in the beginning meant an unlimited expansion time.
A new lifestyle must begin with a desire of the heart—all change begins with a desperate hunger for change. The addictions of life come in many shapes and sizes. As man we focus on alcohol/addiction/ pornography, etc., but clinging to anything of the ‘old lifestyle’, or worldly ways proves itself as an addiction, even a longing for things to ‘stay the way they are, can become a life controlling issue of the heart.
The catalysts of change are generally the traumas of life; the loss of someone or something that you dearly love, a terminal illness, loss of a job, the clanging of jail house doors, dryness of the soul and many more that bring pain and grief into our lives. Yet these are the gateways that provide opportunity for decision making, choices that determine and strengthen our resolve to go forward.
The children of Israel had a whole new ‘lifestyle’ in front of them, blessings waiting to be achieved, challenges to overcome and God promised them strength in their weakness and courage to face the future with faith, but the choice was theirs.
Further Reading: Numbers 13:31; Hebrews 11:1-6