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New Year’s Resolution: Walk by Faith

Tue, December 31, 2019   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   Volume 26    Issue 52 | Share: Facebook | Twitter   

2019 is past and 2020 is knocking at the door! Every one of us can look at the past year (or the past 20 years) and see things we could have / should have done differently. Not one of us sees the future clearly, at least not in all the stark detail with which it shall surely come upon us. The Apostle Paul said that “we see through a glass darkly”. In many ways that is a good thing, for if we knew how everything would play out, we might not be so willing to take the paths God has laid out for us, choices that sometimes involve painful sacrifice.

Decision-making is one of the responsibilities God has entrusted to us and He has given us all the tools we need to make good decisions. He’s given us the ability to think and to plan and to assess the likely outcomes of our daily decisions, while still leaving room for surprises. If we set an alarm clock, we’re more likely to be able to get to work on time. If we get to work on time every day, we’re more likely to have a job next week. If we take wedding vows and keep them, we’re more likely to have a satisfying and fulfilling relationship. If we control our spending habits and pay our bills on time, we’re more likely to avoid financial crises and have something for a rainy day. If we spend time reading God’s Word and seeking His face each day, we’re more likely to understand the world we live in and how God has called us to live in it.

As well as giving us a mind, with which we are able to analyze our options, God has graciously given us His written Word, which helps us to better understand the human condition and the principles that He has established for success or failure. By “success or failure” I don’t necessarily mean financial success or the failure to advance in society, although those are sometimes a by-product of walking in obedience to God’s instructions. No, real success is to accomplish all that God has planned for us and to be transformed daily to become more like Him: more loving, more wise, more generous, more conformed to His image.

While most of us know these things on an intellectual basis, we sometimes find ourselves striving, without achieving our goals. That is certainly true of the political realm in which the Christian Heritage Party operates. Every one of our candidates over the past 32 years has had some goals and desires that have been disappointed. In reflecting on the past, it’s normal to ask whether we have “missed the boat”, whether we have failed to discern God’s direction properly or failed to execute the plans He had for us. Have we misinterpreted His commands? Or have we set wrong goals for ourselves? What does success look like, for us as individuals or for us as a political party?

One thing we all know is that it is often easier to see what others ought to do than to fulfil our own objectives. We have given advice to others and have had advice (sometimes unwelcome advice) given to us. In the political process, millions of dollars are spent by the big parties telling citizens why they should only vote for their party and their candidate. We do the same, although with a much smaller budget. It seems obvious (to us) that not all voters are seeking advice from God, or many more would be voting for our candidates. Although this troubles us greatly as we see our country sinking into moral anarchy and fiscal collapse, as we see a generation being deeply influenced by godless philosophy and hedonistic materialism, we recognize that God has given fallen humanity a choice between serving Him or serving themselves. It is the very ability to choose that makes repentance and salvation so precious to God and man.

As fellow human beings, as fellow Christians, as fellow CHP members, we often call on one another to act in certain ways. We ask folks to consider candidacy, volunteer activity, prayer support and financial support. We ask our members to tell someone about CHP and to recruit new members to carry on the work so that we can continue to remind the nation of our spiritual roots and heritage. These calls to action and invitations to serve are only wishful thinking, “whispers in the wind”, if not accompanied by our prayers and the Holy Spirit’s work in each heart. With Him “all things are possible” but “without Him we can do nothing”. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build it”.

Now, at the dawning of a new year and a new decade, I reflect on my own walk. Am I really listening to God? Am I taking the time to hear from Him? He knows our needs better than we know them ourselves. He invites us to ask for the things that please Him. He promises to give wisdom to those who ask. In this troubled time in which we live, we need that wisdom, we need to hear His voice so that we can spend our days doing those things that please Him.

As we embark on 2020, we ask our God to meet your needs, to encourage your hearts, to lead you by His hand on the paths He has prepared for you so that you can accomplish His will and achieve His purpose. On behalf of my wife and myself, on behalf of the National Board, I want to wish every one of you an exciting year ahead, full of His blessings and the confidence that comes to those who put their trust in Him. Canada still needs our voice and God will show us how and where and when to make that voice heard. Thank you for your faithfulness and your friendship. May 2020 be a year of growth and fruitfulness for each of you and your families!

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