The Writer’s Heart: Words
“And the LORD said unto Moses,
Write thou these words:
for after the tenor of these words
I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.”
Exodus 34:27, KJV
What do you do when you are at a loss for the right word/s? Pick up a thesaurus? A dictionary? Ask a collegue? Pray? All of the aforementioned? It’s a problem writer’s face and must conquer to reach publication.
Moses didn’t have that problem. He had the best writing coach a person could have—the Living Word. The author of words told Moses exactly what to write. Since Moses lacked pen and paper, a typewriter, or computer, he wrote the Lord’s words of the covenant on stone. By the way, it took him forty days and nights, not stopping to eat or drink, to complete the task. That’s dedication.
Personally, I have trouble giving four uninterrupted hours to writing, and I have paper, pen, and a computer at my disposal.
What Moses wrote, the Lord had first written on stone tablets. Moses destroyed the first tablets when he came down the mountain and saw the sin of the people. The second tablets have been lost to us. What the Lord directed Moses and thirty-nine others to write on papyrus, eventually was transcribed onto paper. Papyrus and paper are easily destroyed and decay.
Today, we use pens, paper, typewriters, and computers to write our words. These we have at our disposal—there is no chipping away at stone. But what’s written on these can soon be lost, accidentally deleted, or destroyed with a toss to the wastebasket or the stroke of a key.
We write in hope to encourage, entertain, and edify the lives of our readers. Even when we’ve prayed and used the tools available is there a guarantee our words will accomplish the goal? Only as those words enter the heart of the readers.
The Lord tells us his written words provided external direction. Some received the instruction but many more did not. The word needed to enter the heart. What’s written on the heart is eternal—never to be destroyed.
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel;
After those days, saith the LORD,
I will put my law in their inward parts,
and write it in their hearts,
and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Jeremiah 31:33, KJV
If the Lord is not a part of our writing team,
we cannot hope to reach the heart of the readers. That’s his work.
With God as our coach through his written word
and the Holy Spirit in us,
the Christian writer’s work reflects the heart of God.
From God’s heart he writes his message in our heart. From our heart, as we write, the message passes on to the hearts the Lord has prepared to receive it.
Our words will never make it into the Bible, but the Lord will use our work to put the Bible into the hearts of our readers. He promises—
“Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV
Our part in this partnership with the Lord:
- Choose words carefully.
- Use the tools we have available.
- and write as if writing for the Lord.
- Our labor will not be in vain.
Our words will bring forth fruit/results that bring glory to the Father—the work will not be in vain—and we don’t have to climb a mountain to talk with the Lord.