Hi there, I’m new here. Are you new here too? If so, welcome! If you’re a veteran of Daughters of the Deep – welcome to you too! 2018 is a brand new year and it offers us an open door to brand new opportunities. For many of us, that means searching for new occasions for self-improvement, inspiration, and getting “back on track” after having 12 months to fall out of step.

I’m the first one to admit, resolutions aren’t my thing. I can see what people are going for when they make them, but they often seem extreme to me – sure, it totally makes sense to want to look like you’re twenty (when you’re actually 40), or to have an immaculate house (when you’ve got three kids under five), or to read the bible cover to cover (when you only pick up your bible to bring to church on Sunday)…ok wait a minute, I’m being a bit sarcastic here, but in all honesty, do resolutions make sense? What are these goals if you can’t reach them?

Let’s put our reality hats on here for a minute… God often calls us to things that seem beyond our earthly capabilities (Philippians 3:14). But here’s the key friends, when He does it, the outcome is always for HIS glory and not for our own personal esteem. Lofty goals are not our problem when setting resolutions, our focus is often our stumbling point. When our goals are set to give God the glory we’re setting ourselves up for a win! When our Heavenly Father is the focus of our hopes and dreams, He will provide us with the tools to succeed (Philippians 4:9).

Let’s jump in to 1 Samuel 17. I’m sure you’ve heard this story a thousand times, and my friends, it’s a treasure trove of meaty scripture, but today we’re going to focus on how God equipped David to conquer an insurmountable goal. Verses three to seven specifically focus on describing Goliath as an unbeatable champion. Overcoming him would be like setting a goal that cannot be achieved. But, wee David, who is young and untrained in the ways of war is called by God to take on this task (vs 32 and 33). Things get really real for David really fast because his calling is greater than his abilities! Sometimes in life, God asks us to do things that we don’t know how to do – they seem so big they terrify us. But listen here! In verses 45 through 47, David admits that he alone is not sufficient for the task – but even still God will win the day! And, here’s the clincher guys, “all the world will know” that God is David’s strength because of David’s willingness to admit his weakness. All the credit belongs to God, and the insurmountable goal is achieved! David’s success is God’s victory!

 

When we resolve towards chasing after God’s calling for our lives, no goal is too great to be overcome, but when we try to glorify ourselves those too-big-New-Years-goals will always end in disappointment. As we set resolutions for 2018, perhaps we can all take some cues from David; maybe if we turn our focus towards God-goals we might find more successes this year than any year before. As we give God the glory for our daily victories let us not forget that we can “do all things” with Him at our side (Philippians 4:13).

Kristy Schoyen

Kristy Schoyen

Jeremiah 29:11 (and surrounding verses) “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “