Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God. (1 Peter 1:20-21 NLT).
For the past couple of weeks I've been reading books on "writing." They have helped me in many ways, but somehow I don't think I can follow all their advice.
These books tell me that I should write something every day, even when I don't feel inspired. Even though I agree that I should be practicing every day in writing, or in anything else I want to improve in, I don't know if I should force myself to write something about God. I think if I do, it will come off as phony. If I'm going to write devotionals or stories, I want it to come from what the Lord is teaching me in my heart and not just something I dreamed up on my own.
Reading the Bible this morning, after praying about this unsettled feeling in my heart about writing, I read a chapter in First Peter. It said,
Because of that, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. Pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a light shining in a dark place - until the day Christ appears and His brilliant light shines in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God. (1 Peter 1:19-21 NLT).
Even though I'm not writing Holy Scriptures and I'm no prophet, I think this truth applies to me. How many times in my life have I tried to do or say something for God and ended up making a mess of things? How many times have I run ahead of God and tried to accomplish something for Him that wasn't His timing or will? Unfortunately, too many times.
If the Lord wants me to write, I'll write. If He wants me to serve Him in a certain way, I'll service Him. But, I no longer want to do things for God if He's not in it. I want to be moved by the Holy Spirit. I want to follow the Leader.
Lord, thank you that when I look in Your Word I find You. You speak to the most practical areas of my life. Thank you that You care even about the smallest of issues. Help me to follow Your lead and not run ahead of You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
May 7, 2008