I was recently reading through and reflecting on Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions, which, if you aren’t familiar, are 70 resolutions that Edwards made to himself to encourage excellent, God-glorifying thought and action in all of his day-to-day activities. A couple that especially popped out to me were:
- Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder.
I love the idea of taking the time, immediately, whenever a problem of theology or philosophy occurs, to begin working on finding a solution to the problem. I find it all to easy to think “hmm…that’s a sticky one!” and then to move on. How challenging and encouraging a resolution to take the time right away to begin investigating, and then promising yourself to return to the problem as time permits.
- Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
This too is a phenomenal resolution, in my estimation, to have such a commitment to study God’s Word that there is a perceptible growth in our knowledge and understanding of God and His purposes for me and the world around me.
As I read through and reflected on these resolutions, I began thinking that surely this wonderful community must have some resolutions or commitments according to which you live in order to maximize your glorification of God. Would you be willing to share with me some of your resolutions?