RESOLVE


This has probably been one of the hardest pieces for me to get done.  I had all of the research done, pretty much knew what I wanted to say, and have sat at my desk several times to write it. I just couldn’t get motivated.  It seemed that I was lacking in the subject  matter.  I had no resolve.

That seems to be what happens to most of us many times.  We have the desire to do something, or to stop doing it, but we just never seem to start the process.  We figure out how to solve the problem.  We break it down into parts that are easy to manage and we try to rationalize each individual aspect of the situation. That is one definition of resolve.

We give it a lot of, “if only,” and “when,” to justify our lack of determination, then continue down the same path until we forget about it, or at least push it to the back of our minds. Then, one day, we realize that we never took any action and the whole process starts all over again.  We have to re-solve the problem that should have been solved long ago.  That is another definition of resolve.

The most common usage of resolve is to make a firm decision and commit to it.  Sometimes this is the most difficult of all.  Whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with our kids, read the Bible and pray every day, or just try to be more positive, we can find a million and one reasons not to make the change.  We can make the determination without ever having to make the choice.  “One of these days, I’m going to,” just seems to be a catch phrase and the “New Years’ Resolution” soon becomes the Next Year resolution.

In the book of Malachi, God speaks very plainly about resolve.  It isn’t just about tithing, as in chapter 3, in chapter 2 it is about the priests accepting sacrifices which are not acceptable to God:

Malachi 2:2
“If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.”

The people were bringing sacrifices that were clearly unacceptable and the priests were using them as if they were.  The people knew better and,  even more, the priests knew better.   They knew the difference and said nothing.  God told them that if they did not make a firm decision and commitment to honor His name they would be cursed.  In fact, they were already cursed for their actions.

So what has this to do with us today?

Are we not called to be Kings and Priests?  Since the priests of the Old Testament are a type and shadow of what we are to be today, then we should resolve to honor His name as well.  We should let our “Yes,” be Yes and our “No,” be No.  When we have resolved to do, or not to do, something because we know it is right, we should not hesitate.

We will.  We are still human.  We may have His Spirit living in us, but our humanity will always be weak.  That is when we must pray for Grace.
Three or four over quoted scriptures come to mind:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
“With men this impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The decision is still up to you.  You have to resolve in your heart.  You have to believe in your head.  Then know that you will not have to do it alone. You still have to take the action, but it is all right to ask for help.  Help from your spouse, your friends,  your brothers and sisters in Christ, but mostly, ask for help from God.  If Jesus did not have the resolve to carry out God’s plan to completion, there would be no reason for any of us to believe that the Bible is any more than a historical account of the Jews.

It is finished.

©  Simply Consider This, 2013.    

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6 thoughts on “RESOLVE

  1. I am afraid I read your quote differently. I see a vengeful maniacal god, one who chooses to punish rather than instruct. Don’t you think an all-powerful all-knowing god could send a more believable message if he instructed rather than abuse? He demands under threat of physical pain and death that he be worshiped and honored. Can he not think of a more peaceful solution? Read my blog if you want to see how I approach this question.

    • We were created to worship God. He does not DEMAND it, but the priests of the temple were to be the guardians, instructors, and examples of worship. If they could not, or would not, do what was expected of them (as spelled out in Levitical law) then, yes, there was harsh punishment. If your earthly father gave you explicit instructions on how something must be done and you simply slopped through it just to get it over with and it did not meet his requirements or expectations, there would be repercussions. Why would we expect any less of our Heavenly Father?

      • Really, the whole point to the piece was–if you know something to be right and RESOLVE in your heart to do it. Follow through. If you need help, ask for it. But mostly, follow through to completion to the best of your ability. Do all things as unto God.

      • Doing something to the best of your ability is always good advice. However, the Biblical God, especially in the Old Testament is cruel. When I read about Noah and how God decided to wipe out nearly the entire human race, a race He created, I see an entity that is devoid of reason and understanding. If God were all powerful and perfect, would he have created such an abhorrent race, and then be unable to think of a better solution than mass genocide?

      • God gave us something which has been overlooked by most agnostics and atheists. He gave us free will. In the days of Noah, man thought only of himself. Except for one man and his family. Only eight people out of the population of the world considered God above themselves. If you want to pick at the Bible for God’s destruction of mankind, that is your prerogative. We could go back and forth about this subject. The plain truth is–you either have to accept God’s Word and in doing so, God’s Love, or reject it. If intelligence and reason get in the way of faith and hope then your decision is already made for you.
        You have obviously studied the Bible, or at least read enough to understand that it is not all about how God hates us. God can not be in the presence of sin, nor does He tolerate it for long. In the Bible there are accounts of the children of Israel being taken into exile because they did not listen to God. Just like any responsible parent will correct a child if they truly love them and care about their character, there is a price to pay for your actions. Without the absolute truth of God’s word we have no standard to hold anything against. Otherwise there would be no need for laws or courts.
        The New Testament has one line in it that you may be interested in (seek and you will find it) “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” God does not want anyone to perish or to go without knowing His love, but, if we ignore Him and reject Him he will oblige and leave us to ourselves–which, in the greater scheme of things, means there is a price to pay for not listening and following directions.
        Its not all about rules, its about relationship anyway. If your only argument is God’s destruction of mankind, try reading John and following in the New Testament. May God Bless You in your search for truth.

      • You appear to believe the bible was written by the hand of god. Morals and rules are man made, and have changed drastically over the years, despite a apparent adherence to the same religious guidance. Atheists and Agnostics are all about free-will and exploration. Without it, we would still believe we live on a flat earth orbited by the sun and stars, ans sickness is caused by evil spirits. This is not hearsay, but recorded history and fact. We will probably never come to terms on these issues, so I just ask that you remain a decent honest person. Regards. MC.

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