Over thirty years ago, I wrote a play for my high school drama team. I’d written before, but never a full length play. The necessity for me to write was because the material out there for young teens was not consistent with the values we were trying to instill in the young people in a Christian school. The point is, this was my first big undertaking as a “writer.”
The play I wrote was a comedy of errors of sorts. It turned out to be a hit, but when I think back, this play was filled with murder, greed, jealousy, nepotism, anger and a lot more negative things I was trying to avoid. Of course it was spun in a satirical way, but still it was packed with lots of evil stuff.
This play has been written, re-written, revised and performed more times than I can recall. Each time, it becomes funnier and is well received. I even had a chance to play one of the key characters – Inspector Croissant – for one of them.
The Bible is filled with stories of guilt, hatred, murder, envy, greed and lots of other ugly things. Maybe that’s why it remains a best seller. Life is like that. We relate to the evil things of this world, because we’re all guilty at one time or another of committing those sins. The Bible tells of average Joes, just like us, who were used to carry out God’s will in phenomenal ways. These stories are not simply a book of fairy tales, however. They are true adventures of how God uses His people, molds them, guides them and saves them from their inability to redeem themselves.
We can glean something new each time we read and reread the pages of this amazing book – lessons that will encourage, inspire and motivate us to live better lives with God at the helm. The words contained in the Bible were written by men, but inspired by God Himself, so they are HIS words – His communication with us – His handbook for our lives. It’s His way of talking directly to us.
We can’t escape the ugliness of this world. It seems to escalate every day and we wonder when things will get back on track. When we turn to God’s Word, we hear about people going through much the same thing in their lives. The world will be full of trouble until the Last Day, but God’s Word remains and has power to change it.