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Monday, May 16, 2011

God's Two Languages

"What do all the words written in the world really spell out? I had read it in Job, what makes reading God's message in every moment a form of art, fullest life: God speaks to us not in one language but two: "For God does speak-now one way, now another" (33:14NIV). One way, His finger writing words in stars (Psalm 19:1-3), His eternal power written naked in all creation (Romans 1:20); and now another way, the sharp Holy Writ on the page that makes a careful incision into a life, blade words that kindly cut the tissue back to where soul and spirit join, tenderly laying bare the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

To read His message in moments, I'll need to read His passion on the page; wear the lens of the Word, to read His writing in the world. Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading the world, because The Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down, has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, "I know. I know. " The passion on the page is a Person, and the lens I wear of the Word is not abstract idea but the eyes of the God-Man who came and knows the pain.

~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, p. 86-87







This passage is from Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. What struck me was the concept of God having two languages and the important fact that to come to a fuller understanding of the language of God through the world one must fully understand, or at least be well on one's way towards understanding,  the Word.

To properly see the world we must have a proper relationship with the Word. When we read Scripture and become more and more familiar with Christ we start to see from a more holy perspective; the Spirit conforming our thoughts and desires more to the thoughts and desires of Christ and less to those of our own false egos. We start to see with a lens that is prescribed by a heavenly doctor, the great physician himself, carefully crafted to bring us, over time, the clarity of a Christ-consciousness.

Here's a verse from scripture that describes the importance and phenomenon of transforming our minds to that of Christ's. To  know Christ, through His Word, leads to a consciousness that is attuned to God when approaching the World and reading it through God's language. 
Romans 12:2

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

When we know God through His Word, the Spirit of God awakens within us, pumping into the arteries of our hearts the nourishment His Word provides. The life and love of God. When our relationship deepens with Christ, who is the Word incarnate, the ears of our hearts become more sensitive to the gentle whisper of His Spirit found throughout Creation. The gifts and lessons in the natural world are revealed through our deepened connection with God. We are able to decipher between our own ego's desires and our attachments towards illusions and God's Will because we know it in our minds and God renews our hearts into embracing these truths.  After disciplined exposure towards reading both languages, while becoming more and more familiar with the Spirit within us, God's will becomes natural, not a second nature, but our nature...our heart and mind intertwining with God's, becoming more and more one with the author of man and all of Creation.

How beautiful is that?

Any thoughts? Comments? I'd love to hear them! Please leave them in the comments section!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Jessica -

    As usual, another perfect post here. Your quote,

    "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

    I've asked morning and every evening for years, to know what God's will is for me each and every day. Sometimes I believe I hear well, and other days I'm sure I get in the way. The quote above is a battle within us all, and some more than others. There are many feelings, views, opinions, held by a vast majority of people, which is so off base it's astonishing.

    We (people) seem to feel if others are doing it, saying it, feeling it, that must be right. And people give no inner thought upon that...they just react and do the same. This is often very bad.

    I enjoy your post, thank you. :)

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  2. I find your posts very enjoyable.

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  3. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.... Romans 1:20
    And yes. The sacred text further reveals, not only what was created, but the intent and purpose for all of creation.
    On Romans 12:2… long ago I sang in a musical, Pass it On, and we recited, “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Just this one line managed to change my thinking and lifestyle. Even though, at the time, I didn’t know what it meant, its truth reverberated all through my being. And finally set me free from a mindset that would have led me into captivity to a worldview of delusions.

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  4. Charlie, thanks for stopping by! Yes, that innter struggle is nearly impossible for our human minds and hearts to overcome if not by the help of God's grace. He is what helps us transform and renew our minds, something I am definitely thankful for, for if I just had to rely on my own means and approaches, or the world's, I wouldn't be doing too well! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Carol, thank you :) I'm so glad you stopped by! ~blessings

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  6. Debra, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences...amen..that you have been set free into patters that would hold you captive in the ways of the world. Our God is an awesome God indeed! He sets free the prisoners of darkness and breaks the shatters the iron bars that bind us.
    Thank you so much for stopping by :) ~blessings

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, thank you Gina :)

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  8. Jessica, thank you for the reminder that the Bible should be our first stopping point for the truths of God. But how wonderful the world can appear to us once we understand it from the perspective of its Creator, & with a mind joined with His because of our transformed hearts. We who know & trust Him can both enjoy the beauty in the world, & not turn away from Him when the world around us isn't so beautiful.

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  9. she wrote it perfectly well jessica... the Word is a Person... not just a figment of one's imagination and therefore, relationship with the Word is relationship with the Lord... God chose to be born like us...to be with us... to be One with us... I see the two languages merging in St. John's prologue and Emmanuel...

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  10. Thank you for stopping by Jeff. I love hearing your thoughts :) When you wrote:We who know & trust Him can both enjoy the beauty in the world, & not turn away from Him when the world around us isn't so beautiful.

    So true! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. Melissa..."relationship with the Word is relationship with the Lord"..beautiful way of putting it, exactly what Voskamp was trying to express. Unfortunately, not many Christians make that very real connection. Thank you for stopping by...I always love hearing what you have to say and share. ~blessings

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