The Story of Your Life
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38,39; Psalm 75; 1 Peter 2
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 20:20-21
Have you ever noticed that there is usually a big difference between a person’s autobiography and a biography written by another author? This seems to happen quite often with public figures. A celebrity or politician will write an autobiography, and then someone else will come along and write a biography about that person and the two books will be remarkably different. The stories and events included in the two books will differ. The spin will differ. Sometimes the overall impression about the person will differ.
If you were to write the story of your life, what would it look like? You might write about your childhood or you might write about some key events in your life. Perhaps you would include stories about some of your greatest accomplishments. In contrast to that book, if God were to write the story of your life, what would that book look like? I thought about this today, and I believe that for most of us, the two books would be remarkably different.
For the last few days, we have been reading about Hezekiah, king of Judah. During Hezekiah’s life, perhaps his greatest secular accomplishment was the building of a 1777-foot tunnel from the Gihon spring to the Pool of Siloam. When facing an attack by the Assyrians, Hezekiah wanted to ensure that his enemy could not cut off his water supply, so he had his men build this tunnel to provide the people of Jerusalem fresh drinking water throughout the siege. Militarily, it was a brilliant move for a king to make, and if Hezekiah were writing the story of his life, it likely would have been highlighted. Hezekiah might have spent several chapters writing about the construction of this tunnel, and what it meant for his people. Interestingly, though, in the Bible it is barely mentioned. We read about it briefly in 2 Chronicles 32, and we see it again today in our key passage. This story, which might have been a highlight of Hezekiah’s autobiography, was only mentioned in four verses in the story of Hezekiah told by God.
In each of our lives, we all have events and accomplishments that we might think are important. There are things that each of us would likely choose to highlight in our own autobiographies. At the end of the day, though, what we would write about ourselves does not really matter much. What is truly important is what God would write about us if He were writing our biographies. His book about us would be about our faith and our trust in Him, and all of the earthly things that we consider important would barely be mentioned. As you think about your life on a daily basis, think about the book God is writing about you. Think about the things you are doing and not doing that He thinks are important. Think about the story of your life, as written by the Creator of the universe, and make sure you are giving Him good material to work with.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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