His Presence As I Write

One of my faith mentors told me he takes his shoes off when he writes – he feels that he is on holy ground. My writing has nowhere near the impact that his has, but I can relate. 

When I receive a topic for a devotional series, I receive it as a blank page. I try not to assume I know anything about the passage – even though I’ve been a believer and a student of the Bible for many decades. Often when I do a first reading of the passage I’m to develop, I really am blank. I have no idea where to go with it.

But even though I may be befuddled at the beginning, I also have confidence that God’s Holy Spirit will speak to my heart; and because He has done it many times, I trust Him.

By this we know [with confident assurance] that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us His [Holy] Spirit. (1 John 4:13, AMP) 

Another of my spiritual mentors told me that as he nods off to sleep at night, he asks God a question for which he needs an answer. Not always, but more often than you might think, he awakens with a thought or an answer that could only have come from God’s Spirit speaking to him.

That’s the way I approach my writing. Before I turn out the light, I read over my assigned Scripture passage in several translations; and as I turn out the light and close my eyes, I ask God: “What have I missed? What have I not noticed?” I repeat this process night after night until I sense an answer – or in my case, an idea.

When I finally sit at my computer to write, I close out all distractions (and the door to my office), take off my shoes, and prayerfully compose what thought God’s Holy Spirit has unveiled. 

Before I release what I’ve written, I ask a couple of questions:  
  • Am I trusting God’s Holy Spirit to convey through my words a spiritual truth someone needs to hear? 
  • Do I trust God’s Holy Spirit to be just as active in the reader as He is in the writer?

As we anticipate and welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit in our acts of service, we can readily release the sense of burden and “serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2) and in the power of His Holy Spirit. 

By Judy Shrout

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