Is it possible to have writer’s blog block? Or should it be called blog writer’s block? Regardless, I have recently found myself afflicted with it! I have been stressing over its weekly content for several weeks. Why? Upon a little introspection, I finally had to confess that my focus had changed. I noticed that my “readership” increases when my post includes pictures, or a catchy title, leading me to think that I have to be clever to reach people or inspire them with God’s Word. But that is ridiculous! God’s Word is God’s Word. It needs no embellishment from me.
Stretching my thoughts a little further, I reflected on why I began the blog over a year ago. My motivation was simply wanting to share some of my private devotions with the hope of encouraging others. How have I applied a verse to my life? How has it inspired me to action? My life verse propelled me:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
I believe the Truth of this verse. I have experienced the Truth of it. But when I don’t have a clever application, or a pithy takeaway, I can’t be afraid to let God’s Word stand alone. Reading ahead in my study of John, I came across Jesus’ own words as He reflected on His impending death and Resurrection:
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32
Jesus draws us to Himself. His identity is not summed up or meant to be easily simplified by religion, songs, inspirational writings or sermons. He often uses those vehicles for His purposes, but He alone has the power to transform the heart and soul. The Bible is made up of 66 books and over 30,000 verses. They speak of God, His plan of salvation, and His love for us. We are simply here to dig in and try to understand it together, and when we can’t, that’s ok too. HIS Word has stood the test of time, so let’s trust in that truth all on its own.
“For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:17
I am leaving for Israel this week. I know for certain that I will have lots to write about when I return!