The Book of Love
When celebrities or people of note die, I am always amazed at what ends up in their obituary. The obituary for Jan Crouch done by CNN had more details of the controversies in her life than the good she did to spread the Gospel. But a Christian news outlet highlighted the positives with very little info on the scandals. That is the world we live in. Some will start off with your failures while others will start with your successes when asked to speak or write about you in death.
Can you imagine how Biblical figures’ obituaries would be written today? TMZ would write about how Abraham said Sara was his sister instead of his wife. The story of Goliath would be after the mention of David’s affair with Bathsheba.
But if we look to the Word of God, we can see how God doesn’t leave out the failings of great men and women of faith. He captures them within the context of their efforts to walk upright before God. A student of the Bible can easily see that no human in the Bible is defined solely on their sin or mistakes. God even takes the time to tell us that Jezebel was given space to repent. God provided genealogies to show us the root of sin for many of the figures we read about.
What I want you to understand here is that we cannot and should not allow anyone to write our story but God. He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). People will always have something to say about you, whether in life or death. Whatever they say or whatever their opinion of you, it is filtered through their experiences and their flesh. Which means it can be tainted and wrong.
But God made you, designed you by His wisdom, so when He tells you something about yourself, you must believe it because it is truth in its purest form. God said, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
That means whatever He says shall be and be the best it can be. So when He calls you beloved, which He does in the Bible several times, know that you are not just loved but loved in a way that cannot be matched by a human being.
I can tell you from personal experience that I know the voices of others can drown out what you heard God say but I realized they can only do that if we allow them to. Here you have God telling you how blessed and capable you are but the people closest to you can be telling you how disappointing you are.
But God is the author of the book called you, a real-life adventure filled with love and hope! Don’t let the words of others edit your story. Lock into what God has written in eternity for you and just keep walking towards it. Listen to who He says you are even when it doesn’t look like you will ever really be that. What you see doesn’t matter, it’s what you believe.
“Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1).
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