The beginning of a new year like this is usually a time when many of us are full of expectations for the year, wishing and trusting God for one thing or another. We all have different desires, wants and needs that generally center essentially on the material, education and career, jobs/work, long life, relationships, marriage and family matters, finance and money matters, health condition, our fears and anxiety, etc. The pattern and contents of our prayer life generally reflect what seem upper most in our life because “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45; Matt. 12:34b). It does appear that most of us are very particular and more concerned about what to eat, wear, live and how we appear and others’ opinion about us, which may not necessarily be a bad thing as long as we are in control of our life. The question however is where is God-factor in our life, the One who is our Maker, our Redeemer and the One who owns and is in control of our life destiny?
The beginning of the year like this ought to remind us of Jesus’ “Parable of the Rich Fool” who was planning his life without God as the reference point. Jesus warns, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” That rich man’s land was very productive and he was reasoning within himself, “What shall I do, since I have no place? I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take ease, eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:13-21)
In light of the above, I pray that we all learn lessons from some biblical characters as follows: King Solomon whom God asked to ask for anything and asked for Godly wisdom instead of the material and power (1 Kings 3:6-15). Apostle Paul whose greatest desire is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings being conformed to His death (Philippians 3:10); and our Lord Jesus Himself who admonishes us to daily seek His Kingdom and righteousness and all other things shall be added to us (Matthew 6:33). Patterning our life this way under God’s grace lies true abundance. Dr. Johnson Omoni