re:solution (part 3)

73: ME – RESOLVING TO UNDERSTAND WHO I AM CREATED TO BE: “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.”  We are to live God’s way. The way God created us to live, we are to live that way.  How should I live?  Live the way that God made you to live.  What should I resolve to do this year?  Seek after the Creator who made you and ask him for understanding on how to live, on how to overcome the obstacles in your life, on how to be a better person this year.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  It’s simple really.  I don’t know why we try to complicate our lives so much with our own resolve. The simple truth is that we should live according to the way that God made us to live.  We should seek after God, asking him, “God who did you create me to be?”  And as we learn that, as we come to understand that more, then we will know more and more who we are and how we are to live.

Our resolutions fail because we lean on our own understanding.  It would be like us trying to fix the Hubble telescope on our own without consulting those who made the thing and without a clue how to even get to the source of the problem.   It’s great that we come up with resolutions to fix ourselves each year. That’s a good thing.  But it’s ridiculous to expect that we can really fix ourselves, especially without consulting the One who made us and without being able to solve the core source of our problems.  I ask you today, “Who has God made you and what did God make you to do?  What does He want you to focus on this year?  What does God want to empower you to do?  Have you asked him what New Year’s solution he has for you?”

The key factor for us to remember is that God hand-made us.  Personally and powerfully he has knit us together.  So if we truly understand this, says the psalmist, then we would resolve to follow God’s way for our life.  When we are given understanding of God’s commands, then we will know better what to do, and how to do it. 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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