New Year's Hesitations

Larry Ray Hafley

"I've made my New Year's hesitations," the man said. "Oh, don't you mean you've made your New Year's resolutions," said his friend. "No, I mean 'hesitations' because I hesitate to think that I might actually have to keep'em."

Is that the way we pledge and promise to keep our resolve to serve God? "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few....a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay" (Eccl. 5:2-5).

Count the cost (Lk. 14:25-33). Pay the price (2 Tim. 3:12). Let the Lord, who has purchased you, help you bear your burdens (Matt. 11:28-30; Gal. 6:5). Then, by the power of prayer through fervent faith, make firm your resolution to serve him without hesitation!