MANY people make resolutions on New Year’s Day, promising themselves (and sometimes even God) that the incoming year will be different in terms of the overall good that they intend to happen in their lives and the people around them. These include politicians of all shapes and sizes who often use the New Year celebration as an occasion to announce to the whole world their grand plans for their constituency particularly on account of an impending election.
Resolutions like these may be commendable and can serve as a stimulus to social and economic growth. But not always. Many times, as in the case of electoral promises, our resolutions are carried out are carried out only for a little while and all too soon are conveniently forgotten just like the posters that litter our walls during the election campaign period.
Resolutions often represent a particular moment in time and our desire to make the most of that particular moment, as there are seasons and eras and we have to figure what they are as best as we can , and to find what is positive in them.
In an effort to face the challenges of life, we often turn to Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Only when we realize the wisdom of these words can we understand that resolutions are but musings of human imperfections that need to find true meaning in the acceptance of Divine sovereignty over all things.