New Year’s Resolutions can be pivotal moments of God’s dealing. Consider that when Samuel was offering sacrifice to God for Israel, the Philistines attacked. The place of sacrifice was where the enemies attacked. As you make your New Year’s Resolutions, keep in mind that the enemy has your commitment (sacrifice) in view.
Don’t let him steal your resolve and don’t let your sacrifice crawl off the altar when the battle ensues, because it surely will!Don’t let him steal your resolve and don’t let your sacrifice crawl off the altar when the battle ensues, because it surely will! The net result of Samuel’s sacrifice was that God “thundered from heaven,” sent panic into the enemy’s camp and defeated them soundly! God thundered in response to sacrifice and prayer. Heaven will “sound forth” in your behalf, too, as you obey God in simply giving Him what He rightfully owns already – your life. He is worthy of it all!
“As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel.” (1 Samuel 7:10, ESV)