Growing in Faith
God is heaven-bent on writing amazing stories in all of our lives. God may design some chapters in our lives to be long and delightful while others feel far too short and sometimes painful, but we only see the meaning of our story when it fits into the context of the bigger, far greater story of Jesus Christ Himself. So, it’s wise to leave our storyline to the best Storyteller of all.
Nowadays, we’re told to reinvent our stories, to rewrite the drama of our own lives. Our culture is constantly telling us through movies, books, and music that we are the captains of our own souls, without need of the One who created us. Contrary to this, we need to trust God with the pen. Even when He seems to be writing an unusual story in your life, don’t resist His penmanship on the pages of your days. Don’t complain about the bumps and bruises He writes into your script. I will be the first to admit that His writing can, at times, read like a mystery novel, not knowing what He is doing in my life. In the end, His story line for those who trust Him is always wise, specific, and good . . . good for you and for others. Best of all, it is good for the Kingdom.
The process that you go through when God is writing your story helps you to increase your faith in God and also to overcome fear. Your story may also be shaping the lives of others who are lost and looking for a way to be free. The fact that you have not seen all that you have heard from God does not mean He is not going to include it in your story. Remember 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NLT): "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.“
If you are a follower of Jesus, then every day of your life – whether you feel like it or not – is written with Kingdom purpose, eternal significance, and a royal destiny filled with joy and contentment. God has not ended your story, so keep up the faith and believe that He is preparing you to meet your purpose. His preparation comes with tests, trials, afflictions, signs, wonders, and miracles. All this happens during the process of you fulfilling the story that God is still writing in your life. Remember Isaiah 48:10 (NKJ): "Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." Our God has not dropped the pen that He is using to write your story, so keep the faith and walk with the Holy Spirit for better understanding of your purpose. When God is writing your story, sometimes you need to pass through the fire so that when you emerge victorious others will believe in our Almighty God. At the end, God wins, and when He does, you also win.
The writer, designer, and director of our life’s script knows exactly what He’s doing—even when we think everything is spiraling out of control. Happy endings are Jesus' forte – turn the page, trust Him with the pen of your life, and discover it for yourself.