I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:147
The Babylonians did it and so did the Romans; medieval knights made it a practice as well. New Year’s resolutions or promises have been around for centuries—and they are certainly popular today. Polls in recent decades indicate almost as many as half of Americans resolve to “do better” at the beginning of each new year.
No harm in making resolutions, of course. But some may be more important than others—like the resolution to be faithful daily in reading God’s Word. After all, the Word of God has the power to teach us, reprove us, correct us, and instruct us in godly living (2 Timothy 3:16). Such power would cover a multitude of things we might make resolutions to change! Scripture can also reveal the “thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)—the obstacles in our path that keep us from achieving what we know God wants us to be. The surest way to follow Christ into the new year is to read His Word daily.
As 2018 draws to a close, resolve to read and meditate upon God’s Word every day of 2019.
Bible study is the metal that makes a Christian. Charles H. Spurgeon