Will you be making a New Year’s resolution or setting some goals for 2021? Will these include taking steps to “live your best life?” How about relationship goals or just some direction on what you should do next? Maybe you are like most people and resolve to form new habits in the areas of your health and finances. Maybe even to grow spiritually or become more in tune with God’s plan and purpose for your life?
In preparation of the upcoming year, I am getting my journal ready which includes writing scripture verses, goals, prayer requests, etc. As part of the process, I turned to Proverbs 3 because Proverbs 3:5-6 is what some might call my life verse and will obviously be written in my journal. As I began to read the chapter the Lord revealed something very timely. There, in the first twelve verses of Proverbs 3, Scripture addresses the most common of New Year resolutions. The writer of Proverbs took all of the guess work out of it for us:
Want to live your best life?
My son [daughter], don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being. (Pr. 3:1-2, CSB)
Want to work on your relationships?
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and high regard with God and people. (Pr. 3:3-4, CSB)
Want some direction?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him and he will make your paths straight. (Pr. 3:5-6, CSB)
Want to be healthy?
Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones. (Pr. 3:7-8, CSB)
Want to get your finances in order?
Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled and your vats will overflow with new wine. (Pr. 3:9-10, CSB)
Want to grow spiritually?
Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son [daughter], and do not loathe his discipline; for the Lord disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son [daughter] in whom he delights. (Pr. 3:11-12, CSB)
Pretty simple and to the point, right? I believe the Lord provided exactly what I needed as I was preparing my journal for the new year. Did this passage address any of your resolutions or goals? The reward in seeking and applying biblical wisdom far outweighs any expectation we can ever hope for or imagine. Will you join me in allowing the wisdom found in the first twelve verses of Proverbs 3 to be the foundation for your New Year’s goals or resolutions?
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Happy New Year!