Summary: Uses Solomon as an example of setting resolutions.
Reflections and Resolutions
REFLECTION: This is the time of year that many Americans take some time for “reflections” and “Resolutions.”
> Taking some time for Reflection is important if we are to learn from the past and avoid repeating its mistakes.
> Resolutions are important to allow us to move forward confidently and differently. Without this we will face the future with the same “equipment and resources” that may have proven inadequate before.
DIRECTION: Reflection requires some time and thought, but resolutions require discipline and determination. A bible word for resolution is “covenant”. It is used some 272 times to describe a decision or commitment. The Hebrew word for covenant has the idea of a compact made by passing between the pieces of a sacrifice. The idea is that a covenant or commitment will always involve a sacrifice.
1. REASON FOR REFLECTION Reflect (Consider or ponder) means to distinguish, recognize, or understand.
We need to reflect in order to understand…
A. WHAT WE DID RIGHT. What worked in the past.
B. WHAT WE DID WRONG. (1 Jn 1:6-10)
1) SINFULLY: Sin involves intentionally and willfully violating God’s will.
a) When you “bury the past” without “cleaning the slate” you reap a bitter harvest. (Gal. 6:7,8)
Pr. 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
2) STUPIDLY: (Foolishly)
All sin is stupid, but not all stupidity is sin!
a) Many of our foolish choices hinder us from experiencing the
freedom God desires.
EXAMPLE: Debt and overspending.
b) Spirituality does not protect us from stupidity!!!!!!
Note: Solomon had obviously been reflecting on the passing of his Father and the past problems that he would now have to face. (1 Kings 1,2 journal several examples of problems Solomon inherited from David.)
HONEST REFLECTION BETTER EQUIPS US TO MAKE WISE RESOLUTIONS.
Armed with the answers to these questions, we can wisely choose the types of “resolutions” or commitments that will better equip us to face the new year and its changes and challenges.
2. REASON FOR RESOLUTIONS:
A. RESOLUTIONS PROVIDE SOLUTIONS
1) If they don’t “fix” anything, then they are a waste of time and effort.
B. RESOLUTIONS ALLOW US TO BEGIN AGAIN MORE:
1) INTENTIONALLY (Positive change doesn’t come accidently or easily.)
2) INTELLIGENTLY ( If you don’t learn from the past you’ll repeat it!)
3) INTENSELY. (Positive changes take passion an persistence.)
3. A ROYAL RESOLUTION : 1 Kings 3:3-14
A. SOLOMON WAS THE NEW KING FACING NEW CHALLENGES.
1) The old King (David) was dead and gone, leaving Solomon to enjoy the good and endure the bad that he had left. This is probably why Solomon went to Gibeon to offer such a huge sacrifice. He was looking for God’s help and blessing. Vs 3,4
2) The old year is gone, and we are left with both the good and bad that it brought us.