At the end of the year people always make New Year Resolutions. They resolve to do things differently in the next year that they did not do in the previous year. They hope to change, but how many people that you know of, actually “keep” their New Year Resolutions? Not Many. So, with that in mind what do you think should be top priority for you in 2015? And what should you be on the lookout for? A passage I read from a book called Sowing and Reaping by D.L. Moody comes to my aid.
Where an enemy is strong and aggressive, an army is doomed to sure defeat and capture unless a sharp look-out is kept, every man wide awake at his post of duty.
It has been noticed that there are more accidents in Switzerland in fine seasons than in stormy ones. People are apt to undertake expeditions that they would not take under less favorable conditions, and they are less careful in their conduct. And so it is that moral and spiritual disaster usually overtakes men when they are off their guard, careless against temptation. They become proud and self-reliant in seasons of prosperity, whereas adversity drives them to the living God for guidance and comfort.
…It is more from carelessness regarding the truth than from intentional lying that there is so much falsehood in the world. Hence the necessity of continual watchfulness… And we ought to watch on every side. Many a man has fallen at the very point where he thought he was safest…There is an old fable that a doe that had but one eye used to graze near the sea; and in order to be safe, she kept her blind eye toward the water, from which side she expected no danger, while with the good eye she watched the country. Some men, perceiving this, took a boat and came upon her from the sea and shot her. With her dying breath, she said:
“Oh! hard fate! That I should receive my death-wound from that side whence I expected no harm, and be safe in the part where I looked for most danger.”
As we close out 2014 and look to the New Year, it can be easy to let our guard down, so we must be watchful (I Peter 5:8). It is easy to lose sight of our purpose, but that being the case let us resolve all the more to always have a watchful eye towards all unrighteousness. We must be diligent and not neglect our responsibilities as citizens of this great nation. Let us not forget the danger that will ensue when men perceive (Just like those who shot the doe) that we have set down our guard.
This year, let us resolve to do all that we can do to restore this nation back unto Christ. It will not be easy. It will take hard work, perseverance, diligence and a lot of reliance upon our Heavenly Father, but thank God our Founding Fathers and many men and women since then have done the same for us. Always remember that if God be for us, who can be against us? No one! (Romans 8:31)
In the New Year, let us not say as that old doe did, “Oh! hard fate! That I should receive my death-wound from that side whence I expected no harm, and be safe in the part where I looked for most danger.” Prevention is better than cure and we need to keep both eyes open!