Why We Journal

by John Tilton on September 18, 2023


Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilledamong us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4   


As a doctor of his time, Luke understandably desired to document all that transpired with Jesus so that there would be an orderly and factual account of Jesus and what transpired.  I love how he states that he wanted those that followed to learn with certainty, the things of our Lord Jesus Christ.  As Luke noted, documentation records facts and history.  However, we’ve all learned that writing things down enable us to learn and retain information, as we recall the phrase “reading, writing, and arithmetic.”  Luke’s intent was that people would know all about Jesus with certainty; rather than just verbal which is often open to   misrepresentation of what truly transpired.  We’ve all played the game where in a big circle, one would tell a story or share information with the person to the right.  After going around the whole circle, the story or information would inevitably change. 


So it is it with our journaling in devotions, and why we journal.  We journal so that we set with certainty what God has spoken to our hearts, that we in the future can recall the testimonies of God, as well as share it with others.  It also enables us to retain what we learn of the Lord.  As Luke approached the things of the Lord as a scholar would, we can benefit also by approaching what God speaks to our hearts in the same way. 


Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of journaling that I may better learn of your Word, be able to recall it, to share with others; the great and good news of my Lord Jesus Christ!


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