Journaling Our Conversations with God
We are so careful to ensure that every transaction we make especially when we are paying or being paid is well recorded for future reference. Most of the time we do so to protect ourselves from any litigation or disputes. Lawyers main business is to help us keep records of important things. They defend us in court through documents we have kept concerning important things in our lives. When we get married, we sign documents that show and witness that on that particular day we made vows to each other in-front of witnesses.
During our courting days, my wife and I wrote hundreds of letters to each other, and we anticipated all the time that we shall be receiving kind and loving words from each other. It was our means of reassuring each other that we care, and we are thinking of each other as we looked to the day, we shall be married to each other. Even in these days of technology, we still write short messages or emails to each other.
Does God keep records?
God is eternal and all-knowing; therefore, He knows all things at all times. Scripture tells us of a number of records that God keeps—records that reflect His power, faithfulness, and love.
The Bible is a record of God’s guidance on the way man ought to live in obedience to God. He instructed men through the Holy Spirit to keep record so that generations will read the faithfulness of God over many generations.
Joel 1:3 “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.”
- He called Moses to Mt. Sinai and handed him Tablets written with His own hand.
“The LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.
When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.
Now the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction.”
The tablets were God’s work, and the writing was God’s writing engraved on the tablets.
- He wrote on the wall of Nebuchadnezzar and pronounced judgement on him.
Daniel 5:5; Daniel 5:24-28
“Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing.”
- He instructed the Prophets to write what they saw or heard from Him.
Habbakuk 2:2; Eze 2:9; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Solomon wrote the proverbs for our wisdom; David and Moses wrote most of the Psalms. Ezra 1:1 “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfil the word of the Lord spoken to Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:”
- He instructed John to write what he saw in the island of Patmos in the book of Revelation.
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw-that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are the ones who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
Why should we write? What we write is important. What God has written is important. Every conversation we have with God, is so important. We must develop a culture of writing it down. We have said that God is a God of generations. What he instructs us to do, what He promises us, What He gives to us, is important not just for us, but for other generations after us.
It would be wonderful for the generations that will follow us to read what God said to us and how He came through for us and How He miraculously provided for us during this project.
What is not written is not important.
Here are some scriptures that remind us of the importance of journaling our conversations with God. If He keeps records in heaven, why should we not keep records of our encounters with Him?
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”
Our actions are important to God. Whether good or bad, they will form part of our defense or lack of it when we stand before the throne of God. He is keeping a record of all that we do.
We love taking picture of our life, we have records of videos of important events in our lives. God has a record as well.
“If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
An event takes place in our live that God notices and causes Him to record our names in the book of life. He records the names of all those who receive Jesus Christ in their life. God ensures that our names are written there so that we can be exemplified and given the reward of God in His kingdom.
Mathew 12:36 “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.”
God keeps a record of His creation. Not a single thing drops down without his knowledge. He has kept a record in heaven of all that He has established, and it is important to Him. Mathew 10:30-He has kept a record of the very hairs on your head are all numbered. If He is important to us, we must keep a record of our conversations with Him.
Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Because we are important to God and He cares about us, He has recorded in His book every day he has ordained in our lives.
He cares for us so much that even our tears concern Him, and they never go to waste. Psalm 56:8 “Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll-are they not in your record?”
Finally, God values our work in His kingdom and honors those who serve Him.
Heb. 6:10 -11
“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”
Invest in the kingdom of God: Mathew 6:20 “But store up for yourself treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break-in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. They will be mine, says the Lord almighty, in the day I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”
Writing creates remembrance and gives us discipline in studying the word of God.
Five reasons we should study the word of God.
First, the Word of God is infallible. There is no error in God’s Word. The law of the Lord is perfect concerning our soul.
The testimony of the Lord is not only infallible it is inerrant. Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” The purity of His words does not need anything added to it. God warns us not to misrepresent His scripture.
Third, the Word of God is totally authoritative. The book of Psalms 119:89 says “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” The Word of God is the only source for absolute divine authority. This divine authority is for you and me as servants of Jesus Christ. When some say, “I have a word from the Lord for you,” write it down and as you study God’s word see if the Lord speaks to you through His Scriptures. Only then will you know if the Lord is truly speaking to you.
Fourth, God’s Word is totally sufficient for all of our needs. We don’t need anything else. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it reads “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We Christians can be totally secure in the Lord by studying the Bible because it is God’s plan for our life.
And fifth, the Word of God will accomplish what it promises. If God told you something will happen, and you wait, it will happen. In Isaiah 55:11 it says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God sent His word to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. If God makes a promise to you He will fulfill it in His own time. There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. These promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial. I challenge you to take time to study the Word of God. The Lord will show you wonderful things that will change your life.
Conclusion Our conversations with God are so important, whether in times of prayer, reading the word, listening to sermons or in visions and dreams. Let us make a habit of recording our conversations with God for ourselves and the generations that will come after us.
Glory to God.
Rev. Julius Wainaina