I’m not good at resolutions.
So I’m not resolving, I’m reaffirming.
I know that there are a lot of good resources out there to encourage us and inspire us. As we look to the possibilities that a new year holds, I never want any other book to be a substitute for our most important resource: God’s Word.
I’m choosing to start the new year with 31 days of Proverbs–one for each day in the month of January.
Proverbs 1 begins by telling us who penned these words– “Solomon, son of David, king of Israel”.
What was the intention of his writing? Verses 2-6:
“For gaining wisdom and being instructed; for insightful sayings; for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity; for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man–a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance–for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” (v. 7)
Are you looking for wisdom?
What parent is not looking for wisdom to raise that defiant toddler or wayward teen? What spouse would not want wisdom and discernment for their marriage? Who would face the future trusting in his own abilities or knowledge?
“Wisdom calls out in the street; she raises her voice in the public squares. She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates; ‘How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?'”
WISDOM: Knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. [dictionary.com]
For the believer, wisdom has a more specific definition. You can gain wisdom from experience, yes. You can trust authority or law to determine what is just or right (even though the human culture is constantly changing, and thus, the definition is never concrete.) It is fair to say that discernment is relative to the owner, and insight can vary depending on the person and circumstance. So how do we know what true wisdom is and how we can have it?
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
For the skeptic, wisdom is self-defined. For the believer, it is God-inspired.
True wisdom is seeing through the lens of faith. It sees the world (your very existence) the way God sees it. Understanding comes through knowledge. Knowledge comes through revelation. When we read God’s word, He reveals truth to us. Even the most uneducated can understand and recognize truth.
The culture around us may be in a constant metamorphosis, but the truth in God’s word never changes!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Don’t you see? Wisdom remains the same. Recognizing that there is a standard of truth gives us a firm foundation to build on. Shifting sand will always cause collapse. Concrete values that are built on truth from the Bible will give you foundation that will stand the storms of life.
There are no guarantees in this life. We are not promised one more day or one more year, but
we have a promise from God that this life is only a prerequisite to eternity.
Won’t you place your FAITH in Him today and trust Him for all your tomorrows?
I’m choosing to start the year looking to God’s Word for wisdom. You can join me on this journey by opening your Bible right now. Read one chapter from Proverbs every day and expect God to give you insight. Look for ways that He is speaking directly to you–and choose to walk a wise path by obeying what He reveals to you. Instead of making a resolution, let this be an affirmation. Reaffirm your commitment to growing in wisdom. Let God’s truth change how you see life–through the lens of Scripture.