A New Year’s Resolution…

A New Year’s Resolution
(Matthew Henry)

“My times are in Your hand!” Psalm 31:15 

Firmly believing that my times are in God’s hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God’s divine providence. Whether God appoints for me . . . .
  health or sickness,
  peace or trouble,
  comforts or crosses,
  life or death–
may His holy will be done!
All my time, strength, and service, I devote to the honor of the Lord Jesus–and even my common actions. It is my earnest expectation, hope, and desire, my constant aim and endeavor–that Jesus Christ may be magnified in me.

In everything I have to do–my entire dependence is upon Jesus Christ for strength. And whatever I do in word or deed, I desire to do all in His name, to make Him my Alpha and Omega. I have all from Him–and I would use all for Him.

If this should prove a year of affliction, a sorrowful year to me–I will fetch all my supports and comforts from the Lord Jesus and stay myself upon Him, His everlasting consolations, and the good hope I have in Him through grace.

And if it should be my dying year–thenmy times are in the hand of the Lord Jesus. And with a humble reliance upon His mediation, I would venture into the eternal world looking for the blessed hope. Dying as well as living–Jesus Christ will, I trust, be gain and advantage to me.

Oh, that the grace of God may be sufficient for me, to keep me always a humble sense of my own unworthiness, weakness, folly, and infirmity–together with a humble dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for both righteousness and strength.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

“Remember that your life is short, your duties are many, your assistance is great, and your reward is sure. Therefore faint not, persevere in ways of holiness–and Heaven shall make amends for all!” Thomas Brooks

   ~  ~  ~  ~

4 responses to “A New Year’s Resolution…

  1. Hi AJ
    Thanks for the devotions. Your devotions seem to be right on, pertaining to my circumstances. I look forward to your devotions as they speak to me all the time. Please do keep them coming. God Bless You and all your efforts put forth in the devotions. Thank you.

  2. I like that last quote; I put it in my quote journal. I’m seeking to see the Lord in ALL circumstances, not just praising Him when things are good. I’m tired of questioning or hearing Christians constantly question what God is doing or where He is when things are hard. Life is hard. It’s stained by sin. He never said anything about our path being easy. In fact, He warned us that in this world we WOULD have tribulations, so why do we keep acting surprised or hurt when they come? I need to grow UP! This devotion was a good reminder, a good reality check to trust Him come what may…! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I agree with you completely! It is so easy to forget this when we are in the midst of the trial. The comfort is to rest in Him and see Him in the ALL of everything and to TRUST that He has everything under control. Thanks for your insights! aj

Comments are closed.