Could we with ink the ocean fill // and were the skies of parchment made // Were every stalk on earth a quill // and every man a scribe by trade // To write the love of God would drain the ocean dry // Nor could the scroll contain the whole // though stretched from sky to sky. (Frederick M. Lehman, “The Love of God,” 1917)
It’s no secret that I would love to be an author someday.
My passion for writing has grown over the last couple of years and one of my greatest joys is now sitting down with a cup of tea and my computer, notebook, and Bible and getting lost in a literary adventure.
I’ve acquired quite a list of inspiration too, all the way from authors way before my time to authors and writers contemporary to this day and age.
They are my heroes!
One such hero is Jen Wilkin. I’m nearly finished with her second book and am itching to get to her third. I love how she writes. I love how she understands the Scriptures and writes in such a way as to help others understand God’s Word as well.
I want to be like her.
To my deepest despair though, I have discovered that I am not.
I’ve read a number of her articles and have sadly realized that I just don’t write like that.
Not only is she incredibly wise, but her style of writing is beautiful beyond all my hopes and dreams and linguistic expertise. Don’t even get me started on C.S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, and the like.
I am utterly hopeless as a writer … that is, if Jen Wilkin and others like her are the objective of all aspiration and ambition.
As much as I will always value their writings, they are not the greatest authors of all time.
They are but writers for the Writer of the Word.
I am but a writer for the Writer of the Word.
As Jen Wilkin would say, ‘we create because He first created.’
I do not (nor should I ever) find joy and praise and value in writing because I just so happened to stumble across something that I am somewhat good at.
I create; I write stories, articles, encouragement, and posts because He first created me.
He is, after all, the Author of all inspiration, revelation, and interpretation.
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21, NIV)
I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12, NIV)
Jesus Christ is the Great Author. By the grace of God, anything revealed to us from His Scripture and shared through preaching, writing, music, painting, or any form of artistry is divinely authored and perfected by God Himself.
It is not of human origin.
How absolutely incredible and unmistakably gracious is that!?
Because my value lies not in what I created but rather in HE who created me, I am free to write and re-write; to backspace and try again; to publish and save for later; to bind and keep for myself.
I am free to write for the Writer of the Word, knowing full well that it is not my own interpretation of things, but the revelation of the greatest Author of all time that gives me reason to write.
He is the Author of life (Acts 3:15, NIV); the Author and Perfecter (he’s the best of the best in the editing world) of our faith (Heb. 12:2, NASB). He has exquisitely scripted our salvation (Heb. 2:10, NASB) and has inspired our repentance and authored forgiveness itself (Acts 5:31, NIV). All Scripture comes from Him alone and is sufficient for all teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17, NIV). God is the Author of all inspiration, revelation, and interpretation (2 Peter 1:20-21, NIV; Gal. 1:11-12, NIV), and the Writer of our every word and utterance (2 Cor. 13:3, NIV).
He is the Author of eternity, and if that isn’t awe-inspiring enough, He has in all of His grace and mercy and goodness written eternity in our hearts. (Ecc. 3:11, NIV)
He has authored the Law, which is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, firm, and righteous (Ps. 19:7-9, NIV) and has written that in our hearts as well. (Rom. 2:15, NIV)
Even in His death on the cross, Jesus Christ was penning the greatest story ever known to man. With every strike of the hammer, our very names were being engraved upon the palms of His hands. (Is. 49:16, NIV)
“We are called to create in the image of an infinitely creative God – the First [Author] – the One who brought our world out of nothing,’ who established all that is good and righteous, and who authors our inspiration to reflect His character and glory. (Jordan Raynor, “Called to Create,” 2017)
He teaches us these things through His Spirit; He authors and crafts our work, reminding us that it is not our own words that give us value, but the Truth of HIS Word.
I am simply a writer among many for the Writer of the Word, and there is no other story that I would rather write than one that tells of our Great Author.
“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.'” (Jeremiah 30:2, NIV)