Did you know God has a story for your life? Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your jbook were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Writers set their thoughts on subjects they care deeply about. It takes time, thought, energy, and sacrifice to write. God carefully thought out the story of our lives in advance.
I know some may think, “What if it’s a bad story?” God doesn’t write like Stephen King! This verse was never meant to strike fear, but to give hope. In the context of Psalm 139 it means he’s written a good story, a story with a happy ending. Before we discovered America God authored the good biography of our lives.
Life can seem like a random series of events. We can see ourselves caught up in a story with no overarching theme, or narrative. Take for example, the life of Joseph. He was raised in a dysfunctional home. His 10 older brothers hated him, and his dreams. They abhorred the colorful coat his doting father made especially for him. When Joseph came to check on his brothers, they beat him and sold him as a slave to Egypt. While working for Potiphar he was falsely accused and thrown in prison. While in prison he helped the butler and the baker understand their dreams, but the help they promised was never given. There he sat, for two years, forgotten in prison. I’m sure he questioned the story God had written for him. Life was a crazy roller coster. Just when things seemed to go his way, everything he had worked for was taken away.
God could see what Joseph couldn’t. There was a horrible famine on the way and he needed the right leader. At just the right time Pharaoh called Joseph to help him understand a troubling dream. Pharaoh promoted him to second in command of the most powerful nation on earth. He made the necessary plans to store grain in advance to save as many lives as possible. With Joseph in Egypt his own family was able to come and buy the food they desperately needed. In the middle of a global famine, the family of God, was saved because God’s servant was in the right place. In Genesis 50:20 Joseph said to his brothers now in Egypt, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
God has a narrative for your life. He wants his story to be your story. Are you resisting and trying to fill the pages of your life with your own script? If so, you need to know your story is much smaller than the grand story God has for you. In light of God’s great story the psalmist writes in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Here is a prayer of surrender – “Search me. Know me. Try me.” In other words, “See if I’m fighting against you and your good plans.” Once we have this attitude and desire we have nothing to fear. God will not lead us in a grievous way, but in the way everlasting.
Fanny Crosby made this declaration in her great hymn Blessed Assurance, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” She was saying, “His story is my story. The story of my life will be one of surrender and praise to Jesus my Savior all the day long.” May the over arching theme of our lives be one of praise to Jesus our Savior. When things seems random and chaotic, remember the Author of life has already written the good story of your life.