2015 will soon be upon us. Many of us think of the New Year as a time for a new beginning—a fresh start, if you will. There are many passages in the Bible that talk about new beginnings. One that struck me is in the book of Job 11: 13-20:
If you prepare your heart,
you will stretch out your hands toward Him.
If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
You will forget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
And your life will be brighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and take your rest in security.
You will lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will court your favor.
But the eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is to breathe their last.
Pay attention to the verbs here. Prepare your heart, put [iniquity] far away, don’t let injustice dwell…
How will YOU prepare your heart for 2015? What are your plans for putting iniquity far away? Are you ready to let injustice fail to dwell in your “tent?” These will involve living RADICALLY for God—no small feat in this world today. Let’s learn from each other. Please comment—how can we live more RADICALLY for God, not just in 2015, but always?
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