I’ve never been a big fan of new year’s resolutions mainly because they always set me up for failure. I tend to really suck at everything I plan to do for an entire year. So for the most part, I don’t make resolutions when January 1st rolls around. But this year, I want to try and do something that I feel is pretty manageable. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “resolution” per se, but we won’t get into semantics.
For 2011, I am going to memorize a new Scripture each week. At the end of the year, then I will have 52 (if not more) passages from the Bible that mean something significant to me and are internalized so that I carry them with me. This is a spiritual discipline I’ve never been so great at. So why not try and do something about it? I want to use this blog as a sort of personal accountability. I’ll share each week which Scripture I am planning to memorize and (hopefully) I’ll give you my reasoning for it. Here’s number 1!
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” – Proverbs 15:3
The reason I chose this Scripture is simply to remember that nothing shocks God. In difficult times and in good times, He sees all and is working in the midst of it all. It’s a matter of remembering the character and nature of our God. So when we see terrible circumstances in our own lives or in other’s around the world, we can know that God has not overlooked them, nor has He forgotten them. Because He is keeping watch over the evil as well as the good.
We can also know that when we are abused by this world, our response is not to inflict punishment for ourselves. The Lord is ever watchful and the Judgment Seat is His alone – a hard Truth for me to remember.