January is the month when many people make New Year’s resolutions— even though almost all of us are aware that we will probably fail to keep them. It is difficult to create new and healthier habits, even for the most resolved among us.
In his best-selling business book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg describes how habits are created. He examines why we have trouble breaking bad habits and explores the life-changing power of good ones. He cites a Duke University researcher who discovered that over 40 percent of the actions we perform each day happen out of habits, not conscious decisions.
What are your habits? Would you like to establish a new habit of faithfully studying God’s Word? At Today in the Word, we hope we can help you to cultivate the discipline of spending time with God and meditating on His Word.
Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards wrote a famous series of resolutions that he would read once a week. As we begin another year of Today in the Word together, I think you will appreciate Edwards’ resolution #28. Maybe, you will even adopt it as one of your own.
#28: 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.
Steady. Constant. Frequent. These are excellent adjectives to apply to the discipline of spending time in God’s Word. As we steadily, constantly, and frequently meditate on the truth found in God’s Word, it has a way of shaping our lives.
While we may worry about our own ability to keep resolutions, we can be reassured that God has promised to complete His work in us. Even Jonathan Edwards acknowledged his weakness and reliance on God when he added, “being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help.”
Isn’t it good to know that we are not in this alone? In Philippians 1:6, Paul writes, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” As we begin 2017, may you grow in the study of God’s Word and be encouraged to know that He will carry out His will for you. Together, let’s make a “good habit” of spending regular time in the Word.