Memory Verse: Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.—Proverbs 24:27.
The final days of the year are full of events and so much celebration. The high peak of the season is Christmas; celebrating the birth of Jesus and for some, also a season to spend extra time with family. But, more recently, this time of the year has become crucial for many because it is a time of reflection and preparation for the new year. The thought of a new year prompts each one of us to consider new goals. None of us desire to be stagnant or to backslide. It is safe to say that we each aspire to grow more and do more for our Lord. As we enter into a new year, God has some insight as to how we can properly prepare ourselves to follow His direction in the new year. Let’s consider three ways we may prepare for the new year.
- PREPARE WITH A PURPOSE: Scripture tells us to “Prepare thy work without” (v.27a). Before we set forth to performthe work God has for us in the new year, we must contemplate the purposebehind why we are doing what we are doing. The first word of our text simply tells us to “prepare.” It is not something that will just happen. You must intentionally make time to do it. Set time to pray and seek God’s mission for your life. Write out how you can begin to accomplish that mission in the new year. Let Him change and align your direction to His. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.—Proverbs 3:6 It is something you must personally do youself. Notice what we are told to plan for is “thy work” (v.27). God has something that He has created you specifically to do for Him. We too often live so consumed with what we are doing, that we never actually factor in what God has in mind for us to do. (See James 4:13–5.) Prepare with your personal mission for God in mind—His work for you. Preparing the purpose of your life today will enable you to get to the end of your life having accomplished the things that matter most in life.
- PREPARE WITH A PLAN: After our purpose is established, we are told to “make it fit for thyself in the field” (v.27b). If we will accomplish God’s purpose for our lives, we must establish a plan to enable us to do so. As God’s people, we must allow God’s purpose to determine our plan. So, Scripture gives us some steps to setting a purposed plan. Have a purposeful plan.The Bible simple tells us we must “make it fit” (v.27). Very simply, the plan we establish must fit within the purpose God has given to us. Anything outside of God’s purpose must be done away with, Ask God for His will for year 2022. Have a personal plan. Notice, our priorities are “for thyself” (v.27). The plan you set has to be for you. The goals you set must be ones that work for you. No two people in this world are exactly alike, so do not adopt a plan from someone else—it won’t work for you! Let God develop one that fits you. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.—Psalm 32:8. Have a practical plan. As we determine our priorities, we must keep in mind that they are to be exercised “in the field” (v.27). The plan must be realistic and reasonable. In other words, the plan you set has to be more than something that looks good on paper; it has to be something you can actually accomplish.
- Take action: With our purpose established, and a plan set to accomplish that purpose, then we are instructed to “afterwards build thine house” (v.27). It has wisely been said, “Plan your work, and work your plan.” When you determine your purpose and you set your plan, it is actually rather enjoyable when it comes time to take action. Living for God is rather enjoyable when you are doing it in conjunction with the One who makes life worth living. So partner with God, seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added to you, Matt 6:33. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Please read; Matthew 11:28–30.