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“And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan.” (Leviticus 25:10)
The year of Jubilee was the Hebrew New Year’s on steroids! This whole chapter in Leviticus deals with the specifics of what this unique time was to be like. Every fifty years, all debts were forgiven, the slate was wiped clean and everyone started over. It was a time of new beginnings, joy and celebration of freedom. Slaves were set free. Families were reunited. Redemption of wrong doings was granted.
As we look ahead to January 1, 2012, many will make new resolutions to better their lives. It will all be a matter of change, more or less. Eat less, exercise more, save more and spend less, worry less, pray more. Set more goals, give up on them less.
Statistics show that by February 1st, 50% of these good intended resolves will have already been broken, by March 1rst, more than 80%. As humans, we are not that great at tenacity. Goal setters and life coaches have all sorts of ideas as to how to keep us on track. Set small milestones along the way. Post encouraging pep-talk messages. Be accountable with a buddy.
Perhaps one reason we fail year after year is because we are the ones making the resolutions. Why not try a different approach? This New Year’s, renew your commitment to take your eyes off yourself and place them on God. Let Him set your goals for the next year instead of praying for Him to strengthen your resolve to accomplish the ones you want to achieve. Scripture tell us He has great plans for us, to prosper us and give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). If you truly believe His ways are better and that He is in control, then why rely on yourself and what you think is best for the upcoming year? He has a greater plan.
Let Him prove that to you. Turn this new year over to Him. Wipe the slate clean and let it be your year of Jubilee. Pray to Him often and trust Him to guide you. Watch for the serendipities that come your way and all the subtle hints that your purpose is coming together like a jigsaw puzzle. And most of all, don’t give up on Him even if you can’t see the blessings yet. Come December 31, 2012, you just might be amazed at all He has caused to happen in your life and those for whom you’ve prayed.
Father, Thank you for your guidance. You promise to make a way for me, no matter what I am facing. Thank you that everything falls under the promise of Your forgiveness. When I repent You wipe the slate clean through Jesus’ sacrifice. Thank you that the truth of Your grace covers every part of me. Help me to walk as a forgiven, beloved child, leaning in close to You, keeping short accounts. Amen.
Question: Are you carrying a burden that God has already forgiven? What would a year of jubilee look like in your life?
Do you struggle with guilt? See yourself as God sees you with the Finding Freedom life lesson.