God Isn’t in the Words
I’m a singer. I’m a songwriter. I love to lead worship and help people encounter the presence of God.
I’m a preacher. I’m a teacher. I love to convey and communicate timeless truths in stirring and interesting ways.
I’m a writer. I’m a blogger. I love to craft words to encourage, inspire, or motivate someone to act or contemplate things differently.
The deception that comes to play on pride, ego, or whatever you want to call it is that God is somehow in the words because then you can love the words and your cleverness in crafting them.
Brennan Manning talked about it this way,
Slavish attention to precise and proper words can seduce the author into a certain kind of posturing. The danger of elegant accomplishment besets every artist.
I don’t serve the music, the spoken word, or the written word. Never can those things love me, bring healing or freedom to me. Styles and means can become their own gods, but we can’t let it flourish.
I am invited to engage with the God who is transcendent. The One who is completely “other than.” The One who alone is holy.
Another thought from Mr. Manning,
Von Balthasar’s credo rings true to me: “Love alone is credible.” The real God of unrestricted love corresponds to the Jesus of my journey.
I do love words and expressing them well, but ultimately they fall always fall short because “love alone is credible.”
God doesn’t dwell in words and the cleverness of men. He is love, and the expression of that is beyond comprehension and ability to reason away.
What do you think? Do you relegate God to things like words? What else would you add to this?
Welcome to week 2 of our book club discussion of the Furious Longing of God (disclosure) by Brennan Manning. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it to the widget below. Either way, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!