Does God Care About Our Calendar?
This post will upset some folks. (disclaimer)
Every ‘first week’ of the year, I hear church leaders make bold statements about how the upcoming year ‘is THE year of destiny, blessing, purpose, fulfillment, etc…’. I’m starting to see a cycle. Most of them say the same thing every new year, and most fail to be accountable to the claim they made last year and the failure that was in the midst of last year. Whew… I said it.
It brings me to the question: Does God care about our calendar? When the clock strikes midnight, does it really ‘release God’ to do something different or better for us?
What really gets me going is when preachers relate the actual date to God’s blessing. For example, the 12 in 2012 represents the number of God, therefore this year will be different! (I made that up. I’m not sure what the significance of 12 is in scripture.) What is interesting to me is that most of the pastors that speak like this are relatively versed in Jewish culture and should realize that our calendar is different from the official Jewish calendar. Therefore, our 12 would really have been like 7 years ago. It gets confusing.
Anyway, it brings me back to the issue of a NEW YEAR. What does it mean? I believe that the new day and new year can be extremely beneficial to our human mind. Since we are so calendar based, I think we can look at the new year and use it for a fresh start. This seems to be the theme of new year’s resolutions. We can use the new calendar to inspire new levels of commitment, work, prayer, exercise, etc. I believe the new year is great inspiration to get you going for 4-6 weeks and then if the fire hasn’t ‘caught on’, then you will go back to last year’s habits.
However, I don’t believe that God works in blanket “new year” seasons. I understand that in Old Testament times, God worked through a specific calendar for spiritual issues, government, and harvest, but when we read the New Testament, it seems like God works in each region and group differently, separate from a mass calendar plan. Not only do we see this New Testament difference, but we also have a distinctly different calendar (as mentioned above).
After 8.5 years of pastoring, I see that years are good for some and tough for others, and those ‘years’ aren’t necessarily Jan-Dec. Sometimes, it is May-April. I have seen themes and spirits and seasons ebb and flow and these can affect multiple people at one time. Yes, I definitely believe in ‘seed time and harvest’ and that God works through us in seasons. I just struggle that those seasons are directly tied into our man-made calendar.