A New Years Resolution to Enjoy God and Find Satisfaction in Him
“The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a day of complete rest, commemoration, and joyful shouting —a sacred assembly. You must not do any daily work, but you must present a fire offering to the Lord.” The Lord again spoke to Moses:” (Leviticus 23:23–26, HCSB)
The Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur, is a time to reflect on the wrong someone has done in the past year and to ask forgiveness. The purpose was to “wipe the slate clean” for the new year and to commit to following God more passionately than the previous year. This is very similar to a practice that happens today: the New Year’s resolutions. Instead of starting the new year during the beginning of the Hebrew calendar, many choose to make a resolution during January 1st, which is the beginning of the civil calendar.
Today, people make New Year resolutions to try to improve themselves in the coming year. Perhaps it is losing weight, or accepting a new challenge, or trying something new. The key word is “try.” The fact is that many people make resolutions, but they are unable to fulfill them. As a result, they feel guilty about what was left unaccomplished. This defeatist attempt at trying to make changes to our lives will never without the help and power of God. We need to make a New Years resolution to enjoy God and find satisfaction in Him.