Here we are entering into 2020. What will this year hold for us and our great nation? With the elections going into full bloom and the Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan, the news media will be buzzing. Opinions will be flying. Everyone will put in their two cents. 

Have you thought about what you will be doing in 2020? What will be your goal and focus for this New Year? Will it be just trying to keep your head above water for another year or taking care of your own? Or maybe your mindset is what happens. Or maybe you have big dreams for the coming year. You may have mapped out all you want to accomplish and know how you’re going to engage it.

I would like for you to consider this. The Bible calls King David a man after his own heart, but David impregnated another man’s wife. Then, to cover it up, he had the man killed. So why in the world is David called a man after God’s own heart? 

I believe it had nothing to do with David’s sins or mistakes but everything to do with David’s heart. He loved God and Israel to the point he put aside his own plans and took upon him the plan God had for Israel and himself. Under David’s rule, Israel became a great nation; the Ark of the Covenant came into Jerusalem. The floor plans and material were prepared to build the temple of the Lord, and the enemies of Israel were subdued. When David’s plans became God’s plans all Israel, and he included, was exalted to the extreme.

I have a couple of questions for you. Have you sought God for His plans for your life and your part in the plans God has for America in 2020. Are you turning your heart and ears to the Spirit of the Lord so he can speak his will into your mind and spirit? Are you willing to put God’s plans above all else? Would you be willing to set yourself aside for what God is wanting done in His kingdom? The Bible says the harvest is ready, but the laborers are few. There are multitudes that have never been born-again. Many have religion but never experienced the power of God in their lives.

Is it possible that we can go from year to year and never fulfill the purpose that God intended for us? Your life is not an accident or product of chance. You are here for a purpose and that purpose is to fulfill the will of God. Listen to the first part of the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus prayed “Our Father which art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” God is going to do great things in 2020. Will he be doing them through you?


Tim Smith is the pastor of Blessing Heights Church in Arkansas City.

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