"I have kept quiet while you did these things, so you thought I was just like you...Think about this, you who forget God" Psalms 50: 21, 22
As the year begins we try to make changes that soon reach a halt and later are forgotten. A popular favorite resolution for a Christian, is to be closer to God than they were the previous year. We start of strong but as the days pass with endless, "to do's," and "want to's," we soon move down that resolution to the bottom of the list, making God last, giving Him less quantity and less quality.
What is the worst part of this seemingly inevitable "new years hype," process, is that our minds switch to believe that God is okay with us placing him after all our To Do List has been crossed out. We think, "it's ok, God understands."
What happens when we leave him last is what I previously stated, we offer Him less quantity and less quality.
Do you think the King of Kings, deserves this?
At the synagogue I attend, this following sentence is inscribed on the wall at the altar:
"KNOW BEFORE WHO YOU STAND!"
This new years, know before who you stand. You are not standing in front of your buddy who can be placed last, or your a human who needs to understand you have priorities and they can wait! No ma'am! No sir! Know, know, know before WHO you stand:
"I am who I am, The Only One, The Holy one of Yisrael!"
God called Moses his friend, but even to him he says, “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father,the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3: 5-6 Even to Moses He makes it clear, know before who you stand, you can't approach me like you would your mother, your father, nor your friend, I AM HOLY GOD!
Try to focus on that this year and approach your resolution of getting a closet and stronger relationship with God with that thought.