GOD’S SEAL OF APPROVAL
by Darlene Franklin
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes, affirm that work that we do. (Psalm 90:17, MSG)
Contests and writers go hand and hand. As a parent, I scouted Caldecott and Newberry award winners for my children. When I am adventurous, I read a book that won the Nobel prize or look up a Pulitzer-prize winner. In my limited writer’s world, I admire writers who win a Carol award, the Will Rogers Medallion, a RITA award.
In my quest for recognition, though, I have overlooked the most important one of all: God’s seal of approval.
Moses says that God’s loveliness affirms and confirms my work. I associate “lovely” with things that please my sense: voice, face, taste, smell.
But God’s loveliness lies, not in something my sense can observe, but in His character. He is my friend and my Savior, my protector and my husband.
The parallelism of Hebrew poetry says that God’s loveliness both confirms and affirms my work. He both proves and declares their value. He pokes around my work, my words, testing them for truth. Then He declares and supports them.
What might readers say if I put a gold star on my book covers, stating “approved by God”?
My gut reaction is, what hubris, the most awful sort of pride. Moses’ words suggest it’s available to all of us, whatever our work is. If God wrote a review of my books, what would He say? Instead, for now, He chooses to work through His people. Until we get a glimpse into the heavenly records, all we can do is to support each other.
Since God offers to give me His seal of approval, He deserves my very best. I should strive for quality because He is my ultimate editor and critic.
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Bio: Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-six books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.