What Is Your Heart Saying?
“For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45b
According to Babel.com, there are 7,000 languages in the world. Included in the top 5 are: English, Mandarin Chinese, Hindu, Spanish, and French. But the early beginnings of human dialect did not start with such diversity.
In the book of Genesis, chapter 11, we see where it all started.
“At one time, all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. “But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages.” (Genesis 11:1, 5 – 7, NLT)
The intent behind the language of the people of Shinar was not right. The plans and purposes of God had taken a sharp left turn, and the plan of the people was now beginning to control the driver’s seat. The people’s subconscious mind was fulfilling a desire to be independent — apart from God — but at the same time, reaping the benefits of God’s blessings.
Dr. Tony Evans explains Genesis 11:3 – 4 this way in his Bible Commentary:
“Instead of pursuing God’s agenda — multiplying and filling the earth — they [i.e., the people of Shinar] wanted to do everything to prevent being scattered throughout the earth (11:4). In a sense, they wanted what most teenagers today want: independence (with all the benefits) while still retaining all the perks of living at home under parental provision. This scene shows humanity telling God, “Keep putting food on my table and clothes on my back, but don’t tell me what to do. Keep blessing me, but don’t instruct me.”
Shelah — pause for a moment and let this excerpt sink in. Now, focus on the last sentence. “Keep putting food on my table and clothes on my back, but don’t tell me what to do. Keep blessing me, but don’t instruct me.” These two sentences speak volumes on so many levels, especially in our current situation. Perhaps, the people of Shinar felt that God’s provisions and God looking out for them would be an infringement of their freedom. (Hmmm)
Nevertheless, the questions on the floor today are:
- “What is Your Heart Saying?”
- “What dialect is your heart speaking?”
- “Is the language of heaven flowing through your lips, or is there a strange sound coming from within?”
To remain unified with the Father, we have to speak His language continuously. And in order to speak His language, we need to know what He’s saying. And to know what He’s saying, we need to read the book and stay in constant communication with Him.
Having Coffee on The Couch brings us to that place of intimacy with God. It’s a place where we can learn His language — learn to speak the way He speaks. Or even re-learn, whatever your case may be.
Look, I never mastered Spanish. But if I desire to go to Spain, it would be to my benefit to learn Spanish. I said that, to say this, if we want to dwell in the Kingdom, whether it be now on earth or in the Kingdom to come, we’ll need to have Kingdom concepts within our hearts. In doing this, we will not have to worry about what comes out of our mouths, for every word that proceeds out of our mouths will be nothing but Kingdom Language.
My CTA (Call to Action) for you this week, and from this day forward, is to spend time daily brushing up on your native tongue. Communication is the key to any relationship. Don’t run the risk of being misunderstood by God.
Join me again next week for Coffee on The Couch.