New Year’s resolutions have lost their bloom about now, but bluebonnets are just around the corner!
The Lord reminds us through nature that everything has its season.
Bluebonnets only come in Spring. Sunflowers point up toward the sun and then they whither. Valentine roses only last so long. One special promise in the Holy Bible is spoken by the prophet Isaiah. In Isaiah chapter 2, verses 12-21, we receive a great promise:
12 For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high; 13 against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; 14 against all the high mountains, and against all the lofty hills; 15 against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; 16 against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft. 17 The haughtiness of people shall be humbled, and the pride of everyone shall be brought low; and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. 18 The idols shall utterly pass away. 19 Enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from the terror of the Lord, and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. 20 On that day people will throw away to the moles and to the bats their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, 21 to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts in the crags, from the terror of the Lord, and from the glory of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.
Look back at verse 18.
One day all of our idols will pass away.
One day, we will not need to beg the Lord to rid us of our persistent sins.
One day, our will shall align perfectly to God’s.
One day, there will be no more seasons for New Year’s resolutions.
One day, our temptation to worship ourselves and others will fade into nothingness.
One day, we will never again dishonor the Lord and place any desire we may have ahead of His.
We will be free from our flesh and reborn into complete Christ-likeness!
As Spring approaches, re-read this account in Isaiah 2 which at moments sounds terrifying because it is about the end of all things, but it is also about the beginning of utter bliss in the Presence of our Lord Jesus, when we will be white as now, cleansed of our sin forever, sitting and adoring Him, our Great Savior and Friend, endlessly.
For now, do not give up on your resolve to be rid of your sins that weigh you down, but also be patient with yourself, for we are still in a time of God’s grace toward us as we move through the seasons of life.