“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:20 New International Version of the Bible
As Christian writers, our witness is as important as the stories or poems we write. If our private lives don’t match our public lives, our writing suffers. More importantly, we have people who tune out the message of Jesus Christ because of our witness. They label us as just another religious hypocrite.
One of the most significant and miraculous things in life is to heed the direction of God’s voice to us. It is when we fully trust and follow in His ways.
I know what you are thinking, how can you know the ways and instruction of God? First, you ask God through prayer. Second, you spend time in His word, the Bible, by reading and memorizing Scripture. Third, you listen to God’s herald … this would be listening to sermons as you attend church.
You might be thinking, but you don’t know me. I have really failed. I have broken so many of God’s teachings … how can He ever use me. God is a forgiving God. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV teaches, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God has a plan for your life. Never forget that God knows your heart. He even knows your most secret thoughts and feelings. God knows the number of hairs on your head. God knows everything!
Maybe you think you have everything under control. If you think that, you are wrong. Only God has everything under control.
Maybe you are feeling confused and just need direction in your life. Maybe the struggles of daily living and just meeting life’s expenses have you down. One thing we can do in times of brokenness and confusion is look and pray for our needs … and don’t forget to thank and praise God when He meets your needs!
An example of provision from my life was recently finding a large package with twenty rolls of toilet paper in the middle of the highway. I stopped, picked it up, and took it home. My wife shared she hadn’t purchased any when she bought groceries, but had been looking for some on sale. God met this everyday need in our life. Another example could be a friend who calls and speaks words of reassurance or encouragement when you were depressed or feeling hopelessness.
As Christian writers, we are God’s provision for others. We are the ones who meet the need in someone’s life. We need to heed God’s instructions where other will listen to what God is saying through us. When we fail to walk with God, our witness doesn’t point others to Christ, but can actually lead them astray.