Not so long ago, I would’ve chosen one word for 2017 as my focus, goal, meditation, what have you. I would have chosen one Scripture as my “life” verse, or my theme verse for the year. In fact, you can probably search through the archives of this very blog and find where I have done such a thing.
I was falling prey to the idea that God had big plans for my life, that I was destined for great things, that everything my megachurch worship leaders said about God-sized dreams and destinies was biblical and accurate and for me.
I should repent right now if I have ever encouraged you to do such a thing. I am sorry for misleading you, for encouraging you to go down a path that is anti-biblical, and one that is not at all found in Scripture.
I no longer choose “one word” for the year. In fact, last year I re-posted what Michelle Lesley had posted on Facebook:
My word for 2016 is “Bible,” because it has all the other words in it that I need.
I mean, what more could a woman need than the entire Word of God? Why would someone cut out entire portions of Scripture, focusing on one passage or one word, and risk shutting off communicating with her Father?
Hebrews 4:12 tells us “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (ESV)
Second Timothy 3:16 teaches “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
What both of these passages explain to us is that the entire canon of Scripture is alive and useful. I don’t care what you are facing in your life, the answer can be found in Scripture. God’s Word is there for us to access, to interact with, to use to hear from Him.
God wants us to read His Word, to study it, to use it every day. He doesn’t want us to pick one verse, especially one verse out of context, and cling to that as our verse for a day, a week, a month, a year.
God has given us all of Scripture to use, both the Old and New Testaments. Instead of choosing one word, or one life verse, this year, choose instead of focus on reading Scripture. Focus on hiding the Word in your heart through an intentional Scripture memory program. Pray more. Read solid books that edify and educate. Hold your tongue and your typing fingers.
Don’t choose one word for 2017.
Choose the Word, and let it change your life.