I have written about this before but it was in another book.
Earlier in the year, I blogged on the perfect type of communication between people who really care for each other, people who love each other.
The best way to describe that type of communication is “no communication”; another way to refer to it is anticipation.
When we were studying The Love Languages of God by Dr. Gary Chapman, I wrote about how some people love each other and know each other so well that they don’t have to tell each other their needs.
They can anticipate them.
When you do this, it sends the most beautiful message to your loved one.
What does it say?
“I am thinking about you.”
“I know what to do to please you without having to be told.”
How does this relate to Hearing God?
Let’s put this concept in the context of Dr. Willard’s book. He brings the subject up at the end of Chapter 5 when he writes “The highest form of communication is that kind of communication in which no overt word is needed or wanted.”
The relationship is strong, the connection is solid and the two who are talking don’t need to talk much anymore. They know each other.
Could they be a human being and God?
Dr. Willard seems to think so.
This is a God-man relationship that is special. Man thinks about God a lot and is doing His will. In fact the person’s life is all about God.
This is serious stuff at this level of relationship.
A person who thinks like this would say “God is number one in my life.” “The main acts in my life are doing His will.” “My number one objective is to find a way to be like Christ.”
I find it interesting that Dr. Willard references a poet [Ben Jonson] to express these ideas. Jonson speaks of love in the lines “knowing it is known as it doth know, needs no assuring word or soothing speech. It craves but silent nearness, so to rest, no sound movement, love not heard but felt.”
Poetry holds a high place in our use of language. In its use of single words, phrases, images, metaphor, alliteration etc., the poet not only expresses ideas but also expresses feelings and can even paint pictures. People who study language know that poetry is special.
What a fitting way to end Chapter 5.
Dr. Willard’s last words in this chapter are two lines from Jonson’s poem.
“So shall the Lord thy God rejoice o’er thee, And in His love will rest, and silent be.”