History. His story. God’s story. It’s amazing how you get to see God’s hand weaving through the fabric of time to stitch out his purposes as he makes alterations to the mess created by the human race. He knits out the imperfections created by the devil so as to give man a garment without spot or wrinkle.
God; I think him the quintessential storyteller. Know of anyone else who weaves a coherent story through 66 books, and sustains your interest to the end? When the Bible says “in the beginning….” (Genesis 1:1) it’s God’s way of saying “once upon a time….” And when he says “He which testifies these things saith, surely I come quickly. Amen” (Revelations 22:20) it’s his way of saying, “… and they lived happily ever after.” Between “once upon a time” and “… they lived happily ever after” are messy and yet beautiful plots and sub-plots of a God who can be looked upon as a hopeless romantic who wouldn’t give up the pursuit of the object of his love. He relentlessly pursues her even when she chooses others over him. Somewhere along the way, though, he manages to get her attention. The story ends with a marriage between the God of the Bible and his bride. And a marriage feast for all eternity. (PS: This isn’t fiction. Depending on whether or not you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life, you get to be at the marriage feast.)
Apart from being the ultimate storyteller, God is a writer. The Bible calls him “the author… of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) In all of the Bible, he wrote three times; the first time he wrote, he gave Moses the 10 commandments. The second time, King Belshazzar had been “weighed in the balances and… found wanting.” (Daniel 5:27). The third time God wrote was actually the only time he writes in the New Testament. He wrote in the sand when the woman caught in the act of adultery was brought before him by the teachers of religious law (John 8:1-11). Well… the Bible doesn’t exactly tell us what Jesus must have written as he stooped down to write in the sand though.
So… God the storyteller. Then a writer. You’ve got to love our God.
But then, the Bible isn’t exactly littered with accounts of a God who reads. Apart from this one time where Jesus is said to have read the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him from the scrolls in the temple, the Bible hushes up on our storyteller cum writer God when it comes to reading (Luke 4:17 – 22). Maybe it’s because that experience didn’t exactly end well (just kidding). Seriously though, throughout the Bible, we get to know of a God who subtly impresses upon us the need to read. Daniel gained his understanding through books (Daniel 9:2). God tells the Prophet Habakkuk to write the vision and make it plain, “that he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2). The Bible has quite a few examples of generations that turned to God because they read (2 Kings 22). But ours is a God who wouldn’t be outdone. He might not be much of a reader, but there is coming a time when God would read a book, and whatever he reads from that book would matter for eternity. And it should matter to you right now!
The Bible says in Revelations 20:11-13, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, the great and small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works…. And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.”
One day you’d stand before God as He reads. The script of your life would have ended, no edits allowed. Take it from me; you’d want to have your name in that book when God reads it. Because that “reading session” will have the only bearing on afterlife. And accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of your life is the only way to ensure that your name is written in the book of life. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). THE – a definite article. No other way.
Occasionally authors hold book reading sessions. One day, the “author of… faith” will have his own reading session. And it will matter. For eternity. What would it hold for you? It’s your move.
By Eyram Osei
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