Is God for Christian Writers?

Romans 8:31 makes an astounding claim through a rhetorical question: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

The “us” Paul is talking about refers to those of us foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified by God—spelled out for us in verses 28-29.

The “us” also refers to those of us in Christ Jesus, who no longer face condemnation (v. 1); to the sons of God, led by the Spirit of God (v. 14); to the heirs of God and fellow heirs of Christ (v. 17); to those who hope for what we do not see and persevere while we wait (v. 25); those the Spirit helps in our weakness (v. 26a); and those for whom the Spirit intercedes because we don’t know how to pray as we should (v. 26-27).

So back to Christian writers, can we proclaim that God is for us? Or are we some brand of lower-form Christian who can’t count on God’s promises?

I hope you realize I’m being factious. God IS for Christian writers, and Christian teachers, plumbers, bus drivers, politicians, waitresses, lawyers, nurses … The point is, what we do as a profession can no more separate us from God’s love and promises than any of the powerful things listed in verses 38-39.

Yet I think many of us are tempted to respond like Moses did when he, with shoes removed, stood before the burning bush—I can’t God. I’m not good enough; the job is too big; Pharaoh is too strong.

You’re right, God says. You can’t, you aren’t, it is, and he is—too strong for you. But not for me.

To Paul, when he begged God to remove the physical ailment that tormented him, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (II Cor. 12:9.)

So I wonder. Do I believe God is for me as a Christian writer? Will His grace be sufficient for ME? Will His power be perfected in MY weakness?

Or is the publishing industry too stacked against me—Christians against fantasy and general market against Christians. Are agents and acquisition editors too cautious, too narrow in their focus, too hesitant to step out and serve God boldly? Are all these things too insurmountable for God? Or does He not care? Is He as myopic as the readers who can’t see beyond the Christian cloister?

I feel blasphemous just writing such tripe.

God is for me as a Christian. Would He somehow forget that He also called me to be a writer?

Of course He doesn’t forget.

Can I then conclude He will give me a six figure contract?

I can’t even conclude He will give me a contract of any figure.

However, I can conclude that He will take me where I need to go, that He won’t fail me or forsake me. That He’ll be with me, go ahead of me, even fight on my behalf.

So why, why, why am I standing around with my shoes on when I should be face to the ground in worship of the One who is for me?

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Published in: on August 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm  Comments (6)  
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  1. Rebecca, another thoughtful post. Thank you.

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  2. “Or is the publishing industry too stacked against me—Christians against fantasy and general market against Christians. Are agents and acquisition editors too cautious, too narrow in their focus, too hesitant to step out and serve God boldly? Are all these things too insurmountable for God? Or does He not care? Is He as myopic as the readers who can’t see beyond the Christian cloister?”

    I don’t find this blasphemous. It’s a realistic description of how I feel sometimes. Feeling is different than knowing. Intellectually, I know God can move mountains. But sometimes, admittedly I find myself asking “Okay God, where are Ya? I could use a *little* reward right about now.” Sometimes it becomes difficult to face constant rejection and continue trudging on. I defy any writer to say otherwise. 🙂

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  3. Normandie, your comment is encouraging. Thanks.

    Jessica, I would agree that repeated rejection wears on us. But I think what I know needs to rule what I feel. If I know God is not myopic, but feel He is, how should I react? I think by confession and prayer: “God, I had these feelings about You that aren’t true. Forgive me for taking my eyes off You as You have revealed Yourself to be and putting them on my circumstances. Help me to trust You most when I can’t see how You’re working because I believe You are trustworthy and that You are, in fact, for me.”

    I’m not speaking hypothetically, Jessica, believe me. This is where I live. And I have stretches where I wonder if I’ve really understood God’s calling. Quite recently, in fact.

    After some anxious days, I finally came to the place where I told God it wasn’t Him I was doubting—it was me, that I might have missed what He wanted me to do. He answered in a remarkable, astounding, repeated way that reinforced what I knew—that He’s for me.

    Sometimes we just have to ask.

    Becky

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  4. I like this post, Becky. The publishing thing mixed with the “God thing” kind of reminds me of sports. Should I pray for my team to win? Does God care if my team wins? How do my actions as a player or fan, impact God’s “favor” upon my team and my professional career? Then replace the sports analogy with writing. Should I pray to be published? Does God care if my book sells well? Do my actions as a writer influence God’s “favor” upon my career? And am I really “competing” against other Christian authors? It’s quite a mystery, isn’t it? (Despite this, I still have questions whether or not writing is actually a calling.) Blessings!

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  5. “But I think what I know needs to rule what I feel.” Oh definitely. I agree. I admit to sometimes being weak and having poor me sessions though. I think He understands, but He doesn’t want me to stay there.

    “He answered in a remarkable, astounding, repeated way that reinforced what I knew—that He’s for me.” Very cool!

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  6. Well done, Becky.

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