The Greatest Author

…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” [Hebrews 12:2 NKJV]

As a writer, I create characters and I write their stories, usually trying to give them a happy ending. An important part of writing a novel is character development. I put them through situations which make them face their fears, work through their regrets or test their beliefs. This creates tension in the book, but it also forges their character into something special, leaving an ending which is satisfying to the reader.

As I was walking this morning, I realised that is exactly what God does–only sooooo much better. He is the author of our faith. He begins our story. But, He doesn’t leave us to muddle through life so our future is without hope. He likes to finish a story well–we can all have a happy ending in Heaven with Him.

Along the way, however, He does allow us to face situations which make us face our fears, deal with our regrets, test our beliefs. They are not usually fun experiences. Yet through the fire and the hardship, the diamond is formed. Our special qualities, the ones He created us with, are forged in those times.

So, be encouraged, He hasn’t finished with you yet.

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 1:6 NIV]

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  1. Hi Amanda,
    I enjoy the thought of God doing that with us. “I’ll have her live somewhere down south in Australia, Melbourne or Adelaide maybe, and make her a writer.”
    Great post πŸ˜€
    Paula

    • Yes, that verse just popped into my head and I began to think about God as an author as in writing our lives. I know we put lots of time into creating characters and plotting out their lives, imagine how much more He invests in us. I love it!

  2. I like the way you tied God’s dealing with us to the way we deal with our characters. Sometimes we learn so much more in the hard times.

    • Thanks Dale. πŸ™‚ We do learn a lot in the hard times, probably more than in the good times when we just sit back and get comfy. God is good!

  3. Hi, I just popped over from Paula Vince’s blog and read this comment of yours.
    It is so encouraging to know that as we struggle and toil to make our stories right, God is putting that amount of effort, that amount of emotional investment (and more because he knows us so intimately) into our lives. Thanks for reminding me of it again.

    • Thanks Penny. Yes, only we know how much work we put in, but our Father in heaven invests so much more, it doesn’t bare comprehension. That makes me feel rather special! You?

  4. That’s a lovely thought Amanda. Think of how many times we think about the books we read and dream about life as one of the characters…but we actually are! That brings a lot of peace, knowing the author’s planning our happy ending.

  5. That’s a lovely thought Amanda! Just think of how many times we read books and imagine ourselves as a character with a happy ending on the way – but we are!

    • Thanks Katelyn. It’s so good to know we have a happy ending in God, no matter what happens in our lives here. πŸ™‚


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