What’s your resolution?

Posted: January 7, 2015 in Thoughts

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:9–11, NKJV)

The New Year has come, and ready or not, 2015 is upon us.  What is it that you will do this year?  I am not typically prone to yearly resolutions, if for no other reason that it is almost an expectation that New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken.  That said, goals are valuable things when they are wise ones, and kept in the proper perspective.

One of the wisest goals we could have is to read our Bibles more.  God uses His written word among His people in supernatural ways.  The Scripture is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12).  The Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that we might be equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:316-17).  The word that proceeds from the mouth of God is more valuable to our lives than daily bread (Matt 4:4).  If that is all true, then why do so few Christians actually read their Bibles on a daily basis?

According to the Barna Research Group’s “The State of the Bible Report 2014,” 88% of Americans claim to own a Bible (pg. 9), having an average of 3 Bibles in their home (pg. 10).  Yet: “One-fourth of adults (26%), say they never read the Bible.  One in ten (9%) read it less than once a year and about the same number (11%) read it only once or twice a year, not including times when they are at a church service or church event.” (pg. 11)

Those are some staggering statistics, but we need not fall prey to them.  Make the choice this year to read your Bible.  Maybe you need to start with the goal of simply reading the New Testament.  With just 27 books in the New Testament (most of them very short), this is within easy reach.  Billy Graham is reported to read five psalms and one chapter of proverbs every day, which takes him through each book in a month.  Or perhaps you want to read through the entire Bible from cover-to-cover – something if you’ve never done, is well worth the effort.  There are all kinds of Bible reading plans available on the internet for free, so take advantage of them.

So often we wonder what the will of God might be for our lives.  We would know if we opened His book and read it.  Or perhaps we wonder why our walk with God seems so stagnant.  Why would we expect otherwise if we never take the time to hear His voice in His word?  Beloved, we have so much available at our fingertips when we open up the Bible…so open it!

This year, may we be those who hide God’s word in our heart – may we be those who meditate upon His commandments.  Maybe then we will begin to see some of the change in our lives that we’ve been desperate to discover.

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