I’ve been thinking about the idea of story recently in light of the writing of author and pastor Bill Clem and how he describes God and his creation in the terms of a grand story line.
“The God of the Bible does not seem as interested in us knowing about him as he desires for us to actually know him – to have experiential knowledge of him. This experience of coming to know him happens to every person but in many different ways. One of the primary ways we can come to know him is through the Bible. It contains the story of God’s revelation to us.”
Clem continues to talk about characters in God’s story. One of the major points he drives home is that the way we often look at the story of God is in this way; God is a character in our story. If you are like me, you may often think of how you can fit God into your life. Many times, I’ve mulled over how I want to be able to work God into every aspect of my life. And I thought this was a great thought! However, I have been convicted before, and once again today, that my perspective is totally wrong.
My life is not a matter of how God works into it; rather, my life is how I fit into God’s much much better story. His story is of redemption, love, grace, and righteousness. I was reading Psalm 85 the other day and there is beautiful verse describing the nature of God.
“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other… Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.” – Psalm 85:10,13
God’s story is so much more grand than mine. Yet I keep living as if he is the one who should fit into my story. It would be easy to blame my tendency on culture, but I know myself, I know my thoughts; it doesn’t come from without, but from within. I’m so thankful that I can come to Jesus with my shortcomings, and for every time I fail, he has already been faithful. That I can be called perfectly righteous in God’s sight is simply humbling when I realize how short I come.
Jesus is the King of the story, the protagonist, and while he loves me immensely, I’m really just a character in his story.