All through scripture you can find examples where God was speaking and told the hearer to write down what He said. Now, of course, that is how we have the scriptures today, because those men of faith wrote down the words the Lord spoke to them. I am not presuming that God will speak so profoundly to us today that it should add to the Word of God. However, weren’t these men just simple followers like us when God spoke to them? They had no idea that what they were writing would be life changing for generations to come.
I know that everyone isn’t compelled to write on a regular basis but I want to suggest that you consider trying an experiment. For a couple of weeks, try having a quiet time with the Lord with a pen and paper handy. Use your pen to jot down things you find interesting or especially moving during your time with the Lord. Then, after a while, look back at what you’ve written and see what God has been doing in your life. You might be surprised to see the direction the Lord is taking you.
By now I am sure you realize that I am talking about journaling. That really isn’t as scary of a word as some people think. In this age of electronic communication, the habit of writing is not so popular but I don’t think it’s gone out of style with the Lord. He wants us to remember what He is speaking to us, and if you are like me, you might not remember as much as you would like to. Writing down your thoughts doesn’t have to be something you want to publish. It can be just between you and your Father. He would love to tell you some things and have you remember them and writing them down is a good way for that to happen. Also, think about the opportunity this activity has for reaching others and having an impact in their lives. What I would give for a journal of my great grandmother’s to read and learn from her wisdom. But…she didn’t write anything down. So far, I have eight grandchildren. If I write down what God is speaking, and years from now my grandchildren and great grandchildren read it I have had impact on people that really matter to me. I don’t have to be C.S. Lewis in order to say something that has a positive influence on the reader. I just have to be intentional and honest about what God is doing in my life.
I find many places in scripture where we are encouraged to tell others what we have heard from the Lord. We are to tell our story about how HIS story changed our lives. Why not do it in writing?
Deuteronomy 4:9 But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. (NLT)