It’s a new week, storytellers! I am excited to get to share a bible journaling process with you that features our new devotional kit, Storyteller! Let’s jump right in to the first session, Prologue. This is by far my favorite one as we consider the Author of our lives. Without Him and His story there is no meaning to or hope for our stories. In her second prompt Llanet points us to Isaiah 46:9-11 and instructs us to grab a piece of paper and write down our plans, dreams and desires of our heart.
In Isaiah 46 God is speaking through His prophet to the remnant of Israel that has been exiled in Babylon because of their disobedience and idolatry. He starts by declaring His superiority over the gods of Babylon and tells His people to remember His past faithfulness to them. God gives them the hope of a promise to rescue them, even in their punishment .
“Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.
Isaiah 46:8-11 (ESV)
As we read through the chapter we see God’s provision for His people (the former things of old) and His transcendence (verse 5). We see His omniscience (He knows the end from the beginning) and His sovereignty (His purpose will stand). In verse 4 He tells them He will save them and in verse 11 He says how. And millennia later we see that He did keep His promise through Cyrus from Persia, who let them go back to their homeland. God kept His promise to His people not because of anything they did, but because it’s His very nature.
In light of this passage Llanet invites us to crumple up our dreams and declare, “You are God, the Author of my life”, to lift our pen and surrender, asking Him to help us live an authored life. When we consider how God has revealed Himself through Isaiah we can certainly surrender all of our plans and our dreams and the desires of our heart to Him, right? He is our good and faithful Author!