The Message Written Upon Our Soul

 

The strongest believers I know have a glowing message written upon their souls… inscribed into them by the story of their lives. They’ve become the embodiment of a profound truth gently impacting everyone around them. I’m made richer, stronger, truer somehow… just by being in their presence.

I’ve noticed that each and every one of them has had to overcome something–some deficiency in themselves, a crushing disappointment or grievous injustice–but in overcoming the wound of that sorrow, they became the profound expression of a message that is their legacy, their crown, their privilege, and their honor into all of eternity.

That message is their legacy.

 

We think, wrongly, that we create a legacy by our successes in this life… for just as a flower’s place in the field is forgotten as soon as it fades, our successes will be forgotten as soon as we vacate the stage. Our eternal legacy is not the list of accomplishments we fought for in life, but the message that was written upon our soul in the fight, the profound undeniable truth… good or ill… that we will embody forever.

There are things God alone can do for us. And there are things He does not do for us, whose accomplishment He reserves for us. Those things are where He draws beside us to coach us forward… because only as we overcome the pain and adversity is His message forged in us. That message forged in our struggle is the prize, the beauty and testimony He chose for us before we were born — far more valuable than any list of earthly successes.

The message to be written into us is our destiny

 

I used to think our destiny was the work we were meant-to-do.

Doesn’t Scripture tell us that?

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you: I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Yes, our purpose and destiny will be seen in the work we do… but it is the message– not the works–He is after. Our destiny is the message meant-to-be forged in us, as we overcome.

 

Moses led the children of Israel out of the land of bondage to The Promised Land. That was his life’s work, prepared beforehand so that he would walk in it. But as great as that work was, it was but an earthly illustration of the eternal message he epitomized, shining like a burning bush into all eternity. Go to The Scriptures and you will see how Moses became the embodiment of the message God entrusted to him, as he overcame the deficiencies in himself, the overwhelming odds of leading his people out of Egypt, the crushing burdens, and the unending frustration of ministering to a broken people who had suffered unspeakable injustice. What was that message?

considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt … By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.  Hebrews 11:26, 27

Consider Joseph, who rose to influence, power and fame in Pharaoh’s court, so that when the famine came, he was able to save his people. His rise to power and fame was not Joseph’s destiny, but the means to embody the message divinely entrusted to him:

… you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

That ancient message written into Joseph’s soul has strengthened innumerable believers soldiering through overwhelming injustice down through the centuries, assuring them of God’s sovereignty over every evil intended against us… that no matter how it appears,  every move against us is actually one move closer to the victory, joy and glory meant to be seen in us.

But that message was written into Joseph’s soul, only as he languished in prison, the years of his youth melting away, the word of God being used to taunt him. He began to embody the message entrusted to him only as he did the hard spiritual work of overcoming his loss, his sorrow,  and the grievous injustices done to him.

What has been entrusted to you to overcome?

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  1. Lynn Taylor says:

    Thank you Valerie for sharing these poignant insights. God uses you profoundly and strategically in my life, in both the good times and encouraging me through trials and those painful thorns…the difficult topics that don’t seem to go away…thank you for your encouragement that spurs me onward into His Purposes for my life and for His ultimate Glory. God has gifted you with a beautiful Divine Dialogue of which we are all the beneficiaries…..God speaks through your intimate prayers; beautiful deep discussion around a coffee table and through pen ( or keys) in your hand and we all are benefited.
    You, my friend, are a most precious treasure to me along with so many others, yet most importantly you are a precious treasure to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving so well by sharing your gifts of time and truth. I thank God for the Gift of you.

  2. Pat Frazelle says:

    Thank you Valerie. Your words have brought me hope in a current situation that is very painful. You continue to be a blessing in my life, both in today’s message and the many messages I remember and have been impacted by for the decades I have know you and sat under your teaching! God bless you and all of your beautiful family!!

  3. DD Cardwell says:

    Hi Val, I love the encouragement and the challenge of your words here.
    It makes me think also of the Book of Esther where Mordecai told Esther to tell the king of Haman’s plan to kill all the Jews of the land, but she was afraid of her own demise in going to the king having not been first summoned by him . So Mordecai posed a question to her (Esther 4:14), “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty For Such A Time A This?”
    She had to overcome her fear of her own death in order to save her people. And she did.
    I would say she experienced victory, joy & glory that day:-)

  4. Mary Bryan says:

    Valerie…so great to have the Divine Dialogue back! Was thrilled to see it in my inbox. Your writing never fails to speak to me. Love you!

  5. John says:

    I loved and will dwell on the last quote “that no matter how it appears…….”. I need to dwell there this week. Thanks

  6. Annie Crawford says:

    I love this Valerie, our message over accomplishment. This is such a beautiful way to walk through difficulties. Can’t wait to share with my boys.
    Love you Valerie! Miss you!

  7. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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