One of my favorite characteristics of Jesus is that He is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). I have always thought of this as a "future" truth that Jesus is busy writing the next page of my faith... but as a writer, I began to view it more fully. Whenever I write, I am always going back, making edits, moving paragraphs around, refining what I have said and deepening it. Thinking about this helped me to realize that editing is a natural and necessary part of the process.
As I sat before His Word this morning, I felt like I was going in for an edit. Some rearranging needed to take place in my mind, some clarification and some renewal. As a human author, I enjoy the process of reworking my words, strengthening what I have said, deleting confusing paragraphs, etc. As the author of our faith, Jesus uses our time in His presence to edit us.
"Lord, how do you edit our stories?" The process He uses is called grace. See we are a work of art, an entity. But within our being lies patches of confusion, misunderstanding and chaos. When we come in for an edit the Lord doesn't scratch the whole thing, nor does He get frustrated and disappointed that work needs to be done. Instead, I believe He smiles, grateful that we've come to work with Him and that He actually enjoys the process of filling in the gaps, removing sources of confusion, adding detail and understanding to truths that were already there.
I know that there have been seasons in my life where I have dreaded going before His Word. Sometimes it has come out of fear of what I might hear. Other times, it has felt like a lifeless duty. But the more I have grown in understanding God's great love I truly treasure these times in His Word and it has become as necessary for my ability to function as food and water.
My prayer for this post is: if you've been absent from spending time in His Word for whatever reason that you would see His heart towards you and His call to come:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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