Without glasses or contacts, my vision is not good. I’ve actually had poor vision since the sixth grade. Even with corrective eyewear, I’ll never have 2020 vision with my eyesight, nor will my eyesight ever improve to the point of not needing correction.

The same is true for my spiritual vision. It’s not perfect, and it needs help improving. As in previous years, improving my spiritual vision is integrated into my resolutions and goals again this year. One Bible verse – Proverbs 29:18 – in particular is directing me in this resolve.

“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” (NIV)

“When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.” (NLT)

“Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.” (NKJ)

This verse provides a couple of points of reference for me as I sculpt my resolutions for this year.

  1. I need revelation/divine guidance/vision in order to have self-control.
  2. I will be blessed/joyful/happy when I obey what God says in his word.

With these in mind, I refuse to rush making any resolutions or goals. I’m praying throughout the process to make sure they line up with God’s word and his will for my life.

Seeking Guidance

If you are making (or have made) New Year’s resolutions or goals at any time, have you sought divine guidance? Have you made sure your resolutions line up with God’s word? If not, it’s not too late to do so.

Resolutions don’t have to be made before the new year begins, nor are they set in stone after it starts. Feel free to adjust them as the year progresses and the Holy Spirit leads. Put them somewhere you’ll see them often. Then, review them for the purpose of refocusing through prayer. Let the Lord direct your steps.

“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)