The following quotes from Jonathan Edwards' 70 Resolutions all speak
of his resolve to pursue and know God amidst the adversity of the world and the
flesh. As Christian soldiers in
this New Year, may we resist worldliness and sinful desires in pursuit of
knowing and glorifying the King.
Let us, with Edwards, resolve to live with all our might for another
1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory,
and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any
consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages
hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and
advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I
meet with, how many and how great soever.
2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention
and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep
any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less
or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the
common circumstances which attend death.
10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of
22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the
other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and
vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any
way that can be thought of.
25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in
me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct
all my forces against it.
26. Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and
frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the
knowledge of the same.
29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a
prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot
hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God
48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the
strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know
whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I
may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.
49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and
happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ,
to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from
this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my
Redeemer. July 8, 1723.
57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether ~
have done my duty, and resolve to do it; and let it be just as providence
orders it, I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and
my sin. June 9, and July 13, 1723.
62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Ephesians
6:6-8 do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; “knowing
that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the
Lord.” June 25 and July 13, 1723.
64. Resolved, when I find those “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans
8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those “breakings of soul for the
longing it hath,” of which the Psalmist speaks (Psalm 119:20), that I
will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be wear’, of
earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such
earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, viz.
with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay
open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears,
hopes, desires, and every thing [sic],
and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’s 27th Sermon on Psalm
119. July 26 and Aug. 10, 1723.
67. Resolved, after afflictions, to
inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what
I might have got by them.