You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
On every heart is etched a story. If you were to read my story a long time ago you would see a very scarred and bruised past. But if I told you my story; today, it tells of a man that changed it all. With His own scars He re-wrote my story. He is still writing my story today, and it is a beautiful story full of testimonies and victories. It is a glorious unfolding, not written with ink, but by the spirit of the living God Himself.
When the tabernacle was built, it was not built because God needed a home, it was built to teach people something about God. Every detail shows us that God is a creative genius. It teaches us about the holiness of God, and the love of God. This was also very much a mobile home that could be taken wherever His people went. Currently churches feel like they have lost their dwelling place due to shut down orders from the government. But the church still lives and breathes and continues to live upon the word which is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). We are the temple of the living God and in us is the word of God (John 1:1). He wants to reside in our hearts, and take up permanent residency (1 Corinthians 3:16, John 14:23).
The tabernacle was a sacred place, a dwelling place where people could go to be in the presence of the Lord, and a place where Gods covenant is inscribed (Exodus 25:14-16, Exodus 25:8). If God lives in our hearts, His word is etched on our hearts. We are a living epistle for Christ, and he is the author of hope; a love letter to all generations. Sometimes during life’s most frustrating moments, it can seem like God is silent. It is in those times Jesus is writing in the next pages of our story, we just have to be patient. God sees the future; He’s already been there, and He has a beautiful plan for our lives. He is creating a work of art, a masterpiece, and taking His time with all the details much like He did with the tabernacle. In those times of silence our character is being developed for the next chapter of our lives. Any good writer crafts a novel with time and patience, well developed characters, and a plot full of twists and turns. Ultimately this leads to a glorious end. I have seen the last page of the bible, it’s good! But don’t forget the journey it took to get there. Every detail of the story is important, even the boring parts of the bible have significant meaning if meditated on. Ask the holy spirit to give revelation into His word.
Jesus came so that we would have life abundantly. We sometimes get lost and frustrated in the climatic things that occur in the middle of our story, we sometimes get stuck there. We have not seen the bigger picture yet. When we are reading a novel, we do not criticize the writer for the bad things that happen in the middle of the story or expect the writer to resolve things quickly or on our terms. We keep reading to see the outcome and trust the writer’s vision and talent to craft the perfect story. Lee Strobel said it best:
“Criticizing God for not doing it right now is like reading half a novel and criticizing the author for not resolving the plot.” Lee Strobel
It can seem like evil is winning at times, but that only lasts “for a time.” Bad things happen to good people; no one is exempt from that, but we have a God that is in control of everything that happens to us good or bad. We have to try and see God’s hand behind the scenes and what HE is trying to develop or teach us through it all. It could be those dark moments that become a catalyst, leading us to the more beautiful parts of the story. Never forget in the dark, what God has shown you in the light (Jean Wilund). He has called us into His glorious light (1 Peter 2:9). I love how Mother Theresa depicts our time here on earth:
“In light of Heaven the worst suffering on earth a life full of the most atrocious tortures on Earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in An Inconvenient Hotel”. Mother Theresa
Mother Theresa refers to herself as a pen in the hand of God, writing love letters to the world. I love to write as I listen to the promptings of God. But I prefer to see myself as more of a pencil, because if I make a mistake, He simply turns the pencil around and erases it and allows me to start over and try again. That is the beauty of God. He can take the most horrible story, and turn it into the greatest story ever told. The bible is still a number one seller and His words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35) unlike most historical texts that eventually end up on dusty bookshelves and are rarely ever spoken of again. We must never let that happen. We must allow the word of God to be written on the tablets of our heart, and then be careful to guard what we have been given, letting it continuously flow in our lives (Proverbs 7:1-3, Proverbs 4:23-27).
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. Hebrews 10:16
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:1-6
We must surrender our lives to Jesus and allow Him to re-write it as He pleases, He knows us better than we know ourselves; He created us! We have to learn to trust God. When we allow God’s word to become a part of our story, it brings peace and prosperity. When He says to bind love and faithfulness around your neck, He is speaking of wisdom. It can be hard to place your life in the hand of someone else, we do it by faith and with great courage (Joshua 1:9). It can seem like a great risk, but it is worth it.
God re-wrote our future when He died on the cross; it was tragic, but the best is yet to come! There is a kingdom that awaits us, a city with streets of gold, where our story will never end, but become a happily ever after. He is still speaking, and for the ones that believe on Him, He has written your name in His book of life! (Revelation 3:5). Jesus is telling us to “take heart.” To take heart, means to be courageous. Be strong and take heart, all you who put your hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24). He loves us beyond measure, and He is writing the greatest love story ever known to man. Trust Him in every situation. When we realize that great love, we can get through anything. Then we can become co-writers with God, writing hope into other’s stories. Our testimonies can become parts of other people’s stories.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, Ephesians 3:15-18