I was nine-years old when my dad’s mother died. I clearly remember seeing her lying in a vacuum-sealed coffin under glass with the beautiful ivory lace shawl that she used as a head covering in church wrapped around her head and shoulders and black curls laced with silver framed her still beautiful face. When she appeared to me in this vision she did not have her head covered and there was someone who I didn’t know with her. She spoke to me with urgency saying, “Speak to people in words they can understand”; I knew it was something I needed to really think about.
I have been the leader of prayer meetings, where I would teach a short lesson before praying for the needs of the people, I have taught Bible classes for years, and I always taught in a way that even the youngest person there could understand anything I was saying. I don’t pride myself in using words that make people have to go to the dictionary to find the meaning, I want anyone who hears me speak or reads what I write to be able to know exactly what I am saying because I don’t speak without knowing it is something that has been inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that statement did make me wonder why I needed that instruction. Today I read a scripture that illuminated it for me, Genesis 11:6 And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.
One reason we don’t “all just get along” is that we don’t understand each other; I talked about this week in “Hey, Listen to me!” We may be speaking the same language, but somehow miscommunication causes problems of misunderstanding, which causes confusion and ultimately starts an argument, or walking away just feeling that no one understands us.
God saw that by having good communication there was nothing these people could not accomplish! Could it be that you and your (wife/husband), children, boss, pastor, church friends could accomplish building a love filled home, discovering new projects, learning spiritual truths, building a church, by communicating our thoughts, hopes, dreams and ideas in a more simple way?
I try to give my thoughts in a positive way without putting any emphasis on what I think is wrong with the person to whom I am talking’s ideas or thoughts. It doesn’t always work, sometimes I open my mouth and insert my foot, but at least I am trying!
In the case of the Tower of Babel, these people wanted to build a name for themselves with no thought of giving glory to God occurring to them, so God, not willing to share His glory with man, did the one thing that would stop them in their tracks and that was to confuse their language!
The next time you get into an argument with someone, stop and think about how it happened, start again, and see if you can make yourself better understood.
Habakkuk 2:2 (God speaking to Habakkuk) “And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.” What good does a message, sermon, thought, idea or anything do when it falls on ears that do not understand what you have just said?
When I found myself with no other means of communicating encouragement, or to explain the Word in my simple way, I began to write this devotional blog and I write it in words that can help anyone who reads it. You probably come into contact everyday with people who might have a question about the Bible, salvation or faith and you may be the only person that can answer them in “words they can understand.”
Try every day to give words of encouragement to those around you!