Tuesday, July 20, 2010

God's Promises to Writers Series: His Presence

His Presence
God's Promises to Writers Series
Net's Notations Tuesdays

Show of hands if you’ve ever been outside your comfort zone as a writer. Perhaps before or during a booksigning, or when sending in a manuscript? Maybe when you were scheduled to meet with an agent at a conference. You sat across from her and saw only weariness, no sign of interest in your project. Or maybe lots of interest, but then the whole manuscript had better shine, and you’re not sure it does. Perhaps you’re an author/speaker and that first speaking engagement brought on a slight case of hyperventilation followed by dry mouth and a near-fainting spell. Perhaps starting a new project and staring at the blank screen intimidates you.

In all those situations, aren’t you glad God promises to go with you? He’s with you. Always. Here’s His promise:

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave
you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b

I’ve heard this phrase expressed as “I will never, ever, ever leave you. I will never, ever forsake you, ever.” In other words, God’s not going anywhere. It’s good news, isn’t it?

As a participant in ACFW’s Novel Track: Writing challenge for July, I have had to really lean on God—both for inspiration and stamina. I’m so glad He’s with me all the time. He doesn’t call us and then let us fend for ourselves. He’s there to inspire, strengthen, guide, and even root for us—like any good father would.

Do you picture Him rooting for you? He does.

Next time you’re unnerved or unsure what to do next, remember He’s with you, holding your hand. His presence, that He will go with us, is another of His promises to us as believers and writers.

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
(Isaiah 41:10)

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