Here is an inspiring word from poet and author Lois A. Wiederhoeft on that subject. Whether you are a writer or reader, I hope it touches your heart as it did mine:
Job 19:23: Oh, that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! (KJV)
As I searched the Bible for the word “write,” I saw many reasons why God assigned old testament prophets to write on a scroll or in a book. His reasons were mostly warnings to the people of Israel. Some were harsh.
You may ask, “How could God give such tough writing assignments? I thought He was a God of Love.”
He is a God of love, but He hates sin, and his people were deep into sin, worshiping false gods or idols. They were going into extreme moral depravity and behavior. Because He still loved them, He warned of judgement if they did not return to Him.
He did the same thing in the New Testament. It gets kind of rough when Jesus called the religious leaders, “white washed sepulchers.” Paul and Peter rebuked people in the book of Acts for their rejection of God’s commandments, and wanting God’s gifts for the wrong reasons.
So what does that have to do with my writing? He told Jeremiah, in Chapter 30, verse 2, “Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.” (KJV)
If Luke had not written two letters to Theophilus. We would not have the books of Luke and Acts. We never would learn how Jesus started His church if the apostles had not followed His directions. I thank God for His faithful prophets and apostles writing for our instruction and about God’s expectations for our lives.
One blessing about writing: people don’t assume what you’re saying and no one interrupts.
My life as a single person gives me more solitude time which writers need. I have uninterrupted time with the Heavenly Author as He inspires me, mostly in poems. They focus on the Lord, His ways, His Truth, His life, and His compassion for the sinner as recorded in the Holy Bible..
Why do I write?
- I would be miserable if I could not write what God lays on my heart.
- I write because I have something to say for the Lord.
- I write because there is a secret fire burning inside of me. I must share my thoughts with someone else.
- I write because I realize that I might die next week, or tomorrow, or five minutes from now, and I want to leave something behind for posterity.
- I write because, along with God, nothing else will fill that emptiness. I want to find a way to connect with someone, anyone who might understand.
- I write because no other person who came before me or who will come after me will be able to write in quite the same way that I was meant to write.
I began writing poems soon after I was married, for birthdays of nephews, siblings and my mother. I wrote anniversary poems for my grandparents. But there was a vacancy in my soul, that led me to write as a seeker of the Lord. I wanted to know Him better. I wanted others to know Him. Through the years, I found out I will never know everything about Him, but His Word tells me to seek Him with all my heart, and I found Him. When I found the Pearl of Great Price, He commissioned me to share His truth, obey His truth, and walk in His truth.I can now do that in poems, devotions, essays, songs, and by stretching my abilities to writing an assigned Bible study, now in the editing process.