Undoubtedly you’ve already began to think about how to make 2012 a better year than 2011. Though there’s nothing wrong with setting goals, I fear that too often prayer and Bible study do not precede the setting of these goals. We base our resolutions on our experiences, both good and bad, rather than the tried and true testament of the Scriptures!
Outside of the Lord Jesus Christ, only one man was endued with wisdom far beyond human comprehension. The Bible says of Solomon that he “passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.” God allowed that wisdom to be displayed in the book of Proverbs. In chapter 3 alone, Solomon suggests to us some scriptural resolutions for 2012.
Inundate Your Life With Mercy And Truth
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee”
Don’t sacrifice truth and mercy for the sake of relationships and riches. The Bible says that favor and understanding before God and man will result in hanging on to truth and mercy.
Trust In The Lord Completely
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”
Trust God completely and He will lead you completely. The problem is not in His ability to provide, protect and plan our lives. The problem is we just don’t trust Him enough.
Stop Thinking You Have All The Answers
“Be not wise in thine own eyes”
Do you really think you know more than God? Enough said.
Honor The Lord Through Your Giving
“Honour the Lord with thy substance”
Our works, which include our giving, should glorify our Father in Heaven according to Matthew 5. When we give to our local church, God’s work is fulfilled throughout the world. Is there anything more rewarding and glorifying to God than to see the crowing cap of His creation accept His Son as their Saviour?
Be Teachable And Willing To Be Corrected
“Despise not the chastening of the LORD”
Our pride often rears its ugly head when we are being corrected. Who do they think they are? Remember, there’s always a lesson to be learned and we can always improve.
Seek To Be Wiser
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom”
Make an effort to pray daily for God’s wisdom in your life (James 1:5). Along with that, read good books, ask your spiritual leaders questions, listen to scriptural sermons, and be faithful to all church services.
Face Your Fears
“Be not afraid of sudden fear… for the LORD shall be thy confidence”
What is it last year you wanted to do for God but fear got the better you you? Being a bolder witness? Working in a ministry? Remember the Lord is your confidence!
Do Good Unto Others
“Withhold not good… when it is in the power of thine hand to do it”
Bearing each others burdens fulfills the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1). Plan to do something good for someone on a regular basis. Budget both time and money to see this resolution accomplished.
Be A Good Neighbor
“Devise not evil against thy neighbor”
In a society separated by cinder block walls, we have missed the opportunity to invest in the lives of others and invite them to Christ. Change that by reaching out to your neighbor this year.
Don’t Be Jealous Of Others
“Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways”
Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to watch those who have no use for Christ or His people prosper. It seems that the more wicked they are, the more they have. The Bible says that they have their reward. Instead, we ought to fix our eyes on Jesus and be content with Him. When we are, everything else that comes into our lives is a joyful bonus.
I wonder, as you listed your goals, do any of them look like these? If not, take a moment to examine in the light of Scripture. Priority should always be on the Word of God and not the thoughts of men.