I once heard it said that music is a universal language. Then I read that mathematics is God's language. I think there is some truth to both of these statements. This gives me pause because I am not good at music or math.
Language is a marvelous gift from God. The ability to speak and to use articulate words is a capacity that humankind possessed from the first day as Adam talked with God in the garden of Eden. Later, written words developed. To me, words sparkle and dance on a page. Well-written words are delightful. Beautiful words are a healing balm to our soul. Words communicate. But musical symbols or mathematics are obscure to me
When the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Herman Wouk wanted to learn more about atomic power, he went to talk with Richard Feynman, a nuclear physicist. As they were parting company, Feynman asked Wouk, "Do you know calculus?" Wouk admitted that he didn't. "You'd better learn it," Feynman said. "It's the language God talks."
This discussion raises an interesting question: What language does God speak?
In one church event, the Holy Spirit spoke everyone's language (Acts 2).
Married people speak a certain kind of language with each other. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, love is expressed between spouses in five major ways. Each spouse needs to learn their partner's love language, since what says love to you (for example- being touched), may not express love to her (for example- long, meaningful talks). Communicating with language understood by your partner shows that you value the relationship.
God can talk. Did you know that? He uses dreams, visions, fresh words by the voice of the Spirit, but He has spoken already in the Bible. The God of Beginnings is revealed as bringing order out of chaos, light from darkness, life populating a barren world. He is disclosed as a Father who loved us enough to send his Son to save us.
To speak with written words, the Old Testament prophets used Hebrew, a language so expressive that each letter in a word also means something. The New Testament apostles used Greek, a language that was very, very precise.
But the final word God used to communicate to us was so personal that it was literally a person, his son, Jesus. Paul called him, "the express image (Gk, icon) of God." Jesus said, "He that has seen Me has seen the Father."
In the gospel stories we watched him heal the suffering, deliver the tormented, rebuke religious hypocrites, and show extreme mercy to sinners. I like the real Jesus. That's my God, talking to me in a love language that I can truly understand.
Ron Wood, Trinity Assembly of God. trinitymeridian.com. Sunday Worship at 10:45 a.m. 601-482-8190. Hear The Father's Power radio program on 103.3 FM Sundays at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Community Bible study Wednesday at 11 a.m.