There are stories all around us.
Reference: And after it is thrown on the fire as fuel and the fire burns both ends and chars the middle, is it then useful for anything? (Ezekiel 15:4 NIV)
Explore: Stories are incredibly powerful. I think that’s why Facebook has millions of members. People like to hear what’s happening in other people’s lives.
The most popular newspaper in Australia isn’t necessarily one that brings hard-hitting news, but it brings a story down to the level of the everyday person.
Stories sell. They bring forth emotion, understanding, empathy, and connection. And they can get across a point more effectively than an essay.
Application: It is no surprise, therefore, that God uses stories to communicate to us. He gave the prophets illustrations to tell His people, Jesus told parables to connect with the masses, and I believe God still has a story to tell us today.
We recently had to evacuate our house due to the threat of fire. I looked around my house to see what I would take with me and I realized there was very little that would worry me if it got destroyed.
It was a strong reminder that I surround myself with so many belongings, and yet, when it comes to true importance, they all fall short. I felt it was God telling me to be more discerning as to what I have in my house and to focus on the things that hold greater importance.
There are stories all around us. What is God trying to say to you today?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the gift of stories. They enrich our lives and help us to change for the better. May we open our ears and our hearts to hear Your story for us today. Amen.
What is God trying to say to you today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.