Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
An author creates a character, moves him through circumstances and decides his outcome. Whatever your stance on the precise location of the line between man’s will and God’s, we have to acknowledge the writers of the scripture found great comfort knowing God had the pen.
As David reflected on his life, he felt the work of a wordsmith. And this gave him great comfort as he looked forward into the unwritten future.
Paul also finds great comfort in the Great Wordsmith, as he was “called” and “set apart”. His comfort finds it’s origin in God’s initial salvific work. He wants the Roman Church to feel the same comfort.
Thought: Think about God being the author of your life. Does this thought bring comfort? Think about a church in the middle of the largest pagan city in the Empire. Would it bring them comfort?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28