One reason is that I don’t mean simply a wall calendar but a desktop calendar. I pull out each month and place them along the wall in the office so I have a large visual view of the entire year right before me. It takes some time to tape these up and to try to get them lined up reasonably straight. I think I did a good job this year. 2009 was a crooked year…at least on the wall.
Secondly, seeing 12 clean sheets of the coming year gives me a real sense that there is not just a lot of planning to do but that there’s a clean start ahead of me. Where I fell short in 2009, I have the opportunity to pray and plan and allow God to make 2010 a very special year in which through Him, I will reach the goal and obtain the prize and not fall short.
2010 can still be a year in which I can accomplish whatever He wants. Not one moment of 2010 has been wasted nor ruined by some moment of sin or a missed opportunity. I don’t know about you, but I like a clean, fresh start…the cross is just as purifying today as it ever has been, and the cross is the place to start when it’s time to start anything afresh.
“I will” is the future tense and obviously refers to something that hasn’t happened yet. Implied is a promise about something that the person speaking the “I will…” plans or intends to do. Whether or not the “I will…” statement comes to pass as promised depends partly on who makes the statement, but ultimately depends wholly on the will of God because only God knows the future and only God holds the future in his hand from eternity past.
The Bible records for us a number of significant “I will…” promises. Apparently, Lucifer made five infamous boasts of how he would take the place of God. None of those “I will’s” ever came to pass and never will come to pass. He said them apart from the will of God.
The best “I will’s” in the Bible come from God Himself. Hebrews contains a number of these. Note some of them here:
“‘ This is the new covenant I WILL make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I WILL put my laws in their hearts so THEY WILL understand them, and I WILL write them on their minds so THEY WILL obey them.’ Then he adds, I WILL never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.'” (Hebrews 10:16-18)
…and perhaps my favorite from Hebrews 13:5-6:
“Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I WILL never fail you. I WILL never forsake you.’ That is why we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I WILL not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'”
Perhaps YOU WILL join with me in praying and planning about what WE WILL do for our Lord and King this new year 2010. May we be found faithful to Him each moment of each day in 2010 and until that Day.