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At midnight on 31 December 2022, as my family welcomed the new year, we sat down and prayed about what we want in 2023. My kids prayed about school work, my wife and I prayed about family and career. Are these what God wants for us in 2023?

Deuteronomy 8:7-10 (Amplified Bible) says: “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water… and springs… a land of wheat… and pomegranates… olive oil and honey… where you will eat bread without shortage…you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are satisfied, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.”

God placed Israel in a good land with resources to live well, but God did not come down to bake the bread, to make the olive oil, to collect the honey, to set up industries and businesses to exploit the iron and the copper. The people had to develop their intelligence and skills, and work hard to exploit the resources in the land. Thus if you have made plans to build your skills and work hard to live well in 2023, you are on the right road to success. But is this all that matters?

Deuteronomy 8:11-19 (Amplified Bible) (shortened) continues: “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His commandments and His judgments (precepts) and His statutes… otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses… and your silver and gold multiply… your heart will become lifted up [by self-conceit and arrogance] and you will forget the Lord your God… And it shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and serve them and worship them… you will most certainly perish.”

In 2023, God wants us to live well, to avoid self-conceit and arrogance, and to worship him with sincerity. The material resources to live well are on earth, not in heaven. I pray the Lord gives you wisdom about what is available to you, and open doors to access them. I pray that when we have eaten and are satisfied, we will not be among those who prospered and perished.

May 2023 bring you good success in Jesus name, Amen!

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