Weekly message from Cypress Church: It’s a New Year…what do you seek?

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,to the soul who seeks Him.

Happy New Year! We have such high hopes, such confidence, and such optimistic thoughts for the adventure of this coming year. What will 2019 bring? What great thrills, what tough trials, what amazing joys, or what trying sorrows will come in this New Year? Will we grow? Will we become that better person we would hope to be? Will we experience a new relationship, a new job, or a new circumstance in 2019? What about our relationship with God? Will we grow in our understanding of Him and how He wants us to live? In all these questions and more, we make goals, create resolutions, set objectives to stretch forward and improve. Some might say this is futile, as we tend to give up on New Year’s goals by about February. Yet we continue to make them. Some 45% of Americans go through the process of making New Year’s resolutions/goals every year. What are you seeking to accomplish this New Year?

Actually this process of making resolutions is not a new thing. According History.com we are in good company in making New Year’s resolutions as this practice has been going on for years. Starting with the ancient Babylonians some 4000 years ago on through to present day. You would think, with this entire goal-making practice, that we would experience great growth, and we do for the most part. But out of this 45% of us making New Year’s resolutions, only around 8% us actually follow through. We do this because it’s part of being a human. In an on line article from Psychology Today, our ability to set and achieve goals sets us apart from other living creatures. We humans plan and take action. In this higher brain function, we gain clarity, find meaning, feel good, build community, and make progress. Seeking to improve is a good thing. So, what will you be seeking in 2019?

In an interesting story in the Bible, Jesus asks some people what they are seeking. The story is found in John 1:35-42 where a few of John The Baptist’s followers see Jesus and begin to follow Him. Jesus then asks them, “What are you seeking?” It’s an important question because what we seek makes a difference. Seeking after something shapes us, pulls our attention, fosters passion and shapes our heart. Jesus once said…

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Treasure is what we seek. So what will you seek in this new year?

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Psalms 34:10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Seeking the Lord God is always a good thing.

Lamentations 3:22-25 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

So, it’s a New Year. What are you seeking? Sure, it would be great to seek to improve health, organization, and to be a better person, but let me encourage you to seek to know and grow in faith towards God. It will make a huge difference!

Church is a great place to seek God and learn to be the person He created you to be. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. It would be a joy to connect with you.