Yield To Christ’s Glory!
In his Reolutions, Jonathan Edwards was mindful that he was (and we all are) completely dependent on God’s grace, and must yield everything to Christ’s glory. In his preamble to his famous resolutions, he wrote this:
“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.”
In our ignorance, we often entreat God for that which He has not permitted. The Lord loves His glory and shares it with no one. All things will glorify Him in one way or another—even our resolutions. Edwards knew that even when he recognized his weakness and depended on God’s strength, he would still need to resolve himself to the glory of Christ.
Resolutions that are inconsistent with the will of God will fail. So, “as they are agreeable to his will,” they will be suitable for God’s grace and fitting for Christ’s glory. God will enable us to do only that which aligns with His will. He will not help us otherwise. So, when you consider your resolution, submit it to the scrutiny of God’s wisdom and yield to what God desires.