Edwards’ Resolution #2

Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 in Resolutions

downloadResolved, To be continually endeavouring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the forementioned things.

The “forementioned things” come from Resolution #1, which addresses our purpose for existence: to glorify God at all times in all circumstances. We do this as we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and our neighbor as self. In this is our “summum bonum,” our greatest or supreme good.

Here Edwards commits to be always looking for some “new contrivance” to promote or fulfill this purpose in life. I did a thesaurus check on the word “contrivance,” not because I didn’t know the meaning but was curious as to what words would be associated. I find myself doing this more often in helping a 4th grader with his vocabulary! Here are the words: “means,” “device,” “apparatus,” “machine,” “gadget”… I think you get the idea.

Can you imagine if Edwards lived today? Perhaps he penned these words by candlelight or lantern, using a quill and ink well while looking through Ben Franklin’s newly discovered spectacles while his loving wife Sarah prepared the meal in a pot belly stove or a hearth oven with a fire kindled by one of the many children. No automobile, no telephone or cell phone, no electricity, no television or cable, no computer or word processor, no internet or email or text, no Google or Wikipedia or Ask.com, no recording device or mp3 player (in fact, no way to “listen” later), no modern medicine (in fact, he died a young man from a small pox inoculation), no indoor plumbing (had to throw that one in). I think you get where I am going with this. We have SO MUCH at our disposal, “new contrivances” that we take for granted, that in the hands of a man like Edwards… WOW! Consider what he accomplished in his preaching and writing as it is.

However, if we are honest (and this might have even been the case with Edwards as well if he had these devices and means – hence the Resolutions), these things that can do so much towards accomplishing our goal to glorify God often do just the opposite – they become distractions. How easily are we side-tracked by any of these modern “contrivances”? This is something that we need to keep in mind daily as we persevere in holiness. The “good things,” the blessings of God, are easily abused – used for selfish purposes rather than for His glory.

So, may we use these modern conveniences for the glory of God as we serve Him and others today!

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