God Is Always Speaking His Own Language; He Sometimes Speaks Yours

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 30

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

–Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)

Who, then, could put into words what God is doing in the universe? Who could read and understand such a vast book, in which every letter has its own unique meaning, and even the smallest of letters holds deep mysteries? For such mysteries as these are not seen or felt; they are matters of faith. Faith judges their truth and goodness only by their source, for their outward appearance hides such things in obscurity, and blinds those who judge by reason alone.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

God is always speaking—not to the mind, but to faith. God speaks his own language, one that human ingenuity could never decipher. Faith hears this language and rejoices, not trying to translate it, but content to hear it as it is.

God will also, from time to time, speak to you in a language you can understand. He is always speaking his own language; he sometimes speaks yours. Do not wait until he says something you can understand and put into your own words. Embrace his words as they form the world around you, moment by moment. Embrace them by faith and rejoice. The maker of this world has not abandoned it. He is still speaking through it and into it. He speaks mysteries directed to the heart of faith.

Listen, by faith, as God speaks his own language. Listen with gratefulness and contentment. Even if it is nothing you can act on, nothing to can write down and repeat. Still, it is him. This is enough for faith. When God wants to communicate something more comprehensible to your mind, he has many ways to reach you. When he does so, the listening of faith will have prepared you to hear and obey.


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Daily Guidance and Encouragement for Living in the Presence of God
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