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Hero: We Are Not the Main Character of this Story

God’s word is applicable to our lives, but this cannot be where we start. We must begin by acknowledging the true Hero of the story.



I grew up in a family that attended church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. I heard a lot of preaching. But, it was only until college I began to systematically study the scriptures for myself. It was stunning, what I began to discover. Well-meaning teachers had added information to the Biblical stories. I am not sure of their motives but I want to believe they were wanting to motivate a desire to make the Bible interesting or to promote a character trait they were hoping to emphasize. The hard truth was they made up details.

The one that was perhaps the most shocking to me was the story of Noah. I had heard over and over again about Noah’s impassioned plea to his neighbors to repent and believe and come on the ark. Over and over Noah’s neighbors laughed at him and denied that the rain was coming. Or so I was told. But, that’s not really how the story goes.

And those that entered male and female of all flesh went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.

Genesis 7:16

Noah did not try to convince his neighbors. He did not try to defend God or discuss the coming rain. He built the ark and gathered his family and the animals and he waited for God to close the door.

That’s a pretty big difference.

God's word is applicable to our lives, but this cannot be where we start. We must begin by acknowledging the true Hero of the story. #GodsGlory #worship #hero

The Main Character…

And there were lots of other stories just like that. In fact, I even have had a bent for adding emphasis to certain details from the Bible and leaving other details out. My biggest problem however was even more subtle. I was reading the Bible always looking for application. How would this affect me? How would this scripture influence my life? What was God telling me to do and how could I be like the human character mentioned in this story?

The Hero…

While these are all good goals to wrestle with as we study God’s word, if it’s where we start, it’s pretty flawed. Just like those Sunday school teachers I had 30 years ago. The emphasis of every story is a hero. And that hero is God. He begins in the beginning and creates. He comes in the form of Jesus to be crucified and resurrected. And He returns again to come take his bride. Every story is whispering his name. Every story is declaring his glory. This is not new news to us. If we have spent any time in scripture, we know this. But we still don’t look for Him.

We look for us. And we come away from scripture more convinced that we don’t have what it takes (we don’t in the flesh), and we come away more discouraged and defeated. God’s word is active and living – a two edged sword. It is meant to divide us from our thoughts of lies and unbelief. Yet, we can’t be the hero. He has to be the hero of every page. He’s there. I will admit, I forget this. I forget this a lot. And when I remember who I am reading about and what He is capable of and whose I am… Well, I find my heart soaring and my lips praising and praying. I can’t help myself. As I meditate on his truths and on Him, I find peace, I find joy, I find hope. I can’t find hope in myself.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

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God's word is applicable to our lives, but this cannot be where we start. We must begin by acknowledging the true Hero of the story. #GodsGlory #worship #hero

Jon Tyson

Written by Kathy Bradford
Hi. I'm a mom of 4, a grandma, and a wife. I find the older I get the less I really know and I don't find that as scary as I did when I was younger. In fact, I am grateful God still wants to share himself with me and that I am still teachable. I teach english and communication courses online as a adjunct facilitator for a university in IN. Home is SC for now and who knows what or where God has for us in the future. But, I want to be ready.

8 thoughts on “Hero: We Are Not the Main Character of this Story

  1. Who God is and what He is doing–that’s the point of every Bible story, and it’s also the point of our own lives. When God is doing a work in someone else’s life, for example, it’s not about how that person affects you–it’s about God transforming that person into being more like Him.

    1. Great point. I can often be lead to see everything in my own rearview mirror. God is doing a real work in others on His timeline, not mine.

  2. He is the hero of every day of all times. I have Him on my side, why aren’t I living like it?
    Great post and thoughts!

    1. Man. Your comment is so true. I want to live with the joy that expresses that He is alive and King.

  3. You know what I find striking? That Noah just gathered his family and shut that door. Seems very self-centred in a way, no? I can make an example, the doors to our churches have gotten wider and wider so not to close anyone out. The punishment for not obeying God isn’t a slap on the hand, it’s death. Can you imagine doing that now? Closing those doors? We live in a society of inclusion and you know, it’s no wonder our “arks” are getting contaminated!

  4. Excellent post! You are right in that we need to be careful how we retell the Biblical accounts we read. So often we tend to embellish to make it more interesting but the truth is, it is very interesting all on its own. The Word does not need our help.
    Another interesting point you made is about looking for an application in everything we read. There are passages that refer to culture and other times, passages that refer to that time period. Then there are verses that we can take as promises from God. But overall, the Bible is about Him. Thanks for writing such an excellent post, Kathy!

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