I have written many blog posts that touch on the need to understand God’s language within my ‘Encountering God’ series, as well as those in the categories of ‘Dreams and Visions’ and ‘Hearing God’s Voice.’ I have talked about a few ways, and some of the things we can do to encounter God in those different ways and will continue to write on this subject as the vital element in all of this is growing in relationship with God. I believe the days we live in will become even harder if we are not walking in a more significant relationship with God.
So, let’s say that we are hearing God and encountering Him day-to-day. That is great, but if we do not understand what He speaks to us or what He shows us, then we will not know what to do with it, which is the most significant thing that throws people off-course. God’s language is not our language, and our language is not God’s language. We think that just because we see something a certain way that is the way God sees it, which is so far from the truth. What we need to do is look at all the different people in the world, hear the various languages, and observe the way things get done and then we will get a broader perspective on what God’s style is.
When Jesus walked the earth one of the ways he spoke was through ‘dark sayings’, which are also called parables. Within these parables, He concealed essential truths that needed to be sought out and understood (Mk 4:22). Many, even His disciples, did not comprehend them until Jesus told them what they meant. (Mk 4:34). When Jesus said that we were to bring into the open the things concealed in the parables He was stating that we need to learn to understand what He says. Our three-year-old son has a book of Bible stories that explains this very well: “Jesus didn’t tell His listeners what the parable meant. He wanted them to try to understand it for themselves. That way, they would think about what Jesus had told them, and they wouldn’t forget His message.”
God still speaks the same way today and can be seen the most in dreams, but it is also true when hearing God speak in our day-to-day lives. Because of this, if we do not take the time to understand God’s language then there is a level of frustration that comes with hearing God, but we merely learn to live with it and do not get to see the fruit in our lives.
If we come to realise and accept that God’s language is not the same as ours then instead of living with frustration, we can begin to ask questions. The questions required will be different for each of us, and if we ask them, it will be easier to walk close to God and understand each other. He understands us, but we need to take the time to follow Him and learn how He speaks to us, which is essential if you want to go all the way with God. If you are happy with where you are and do not plan to grow in your relationship with God, then that is up to you. Remember that we determine what type of relationship we have and how close we get to God.
Timothy, author and friend of God, shares out of a place of daily walking face-to-face with the Lord, encountering both the angelic and the saints of old, seeing and understanding things from a heavenly perspective.