«The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord» (Proverbs 16:1).
In the year 1211, the emperor Frederick Il of Germany, Italy, Burgundy, and Sicily decided one day to discover the «language of God.» How would he do that? The monarch assumed that the celestial language would manifest itself spontaneously if children refrained from listening to the language of their mothers. So he made the decision that dozens of children should be educated in complete silence. However, the «language of God» did not manifest itself as expected. Rather, the children demonstrated an inability to speak and died at an early age. This custom of being silent in order to acquire the «language of God» was popularized by monks who believed that human words contaminated their connection with the Lord. Good interaction with our surroundings is not only an essential condition for the normal development of the brain, but it is fundamentally important.
How can the «language of God» be obtained? In fact, language and cultural environment establish not only brain systems in the production of language; they also determine how we interpret facial expressions and how we consider images and the environment around us. Jesus said, «For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks» (Matthew 12:34). That is to say, our words reveal our character. Therefore, to acquire the language of God it is necessary to establish a solid connection with the heavenly Father so that our words may reveal with whom we have been in contact with.
Ellen White describes some attitudes of those who will not inherit the kingdom of heaven: «In this life they have not entered into fellowship with Christ; therefore they know not the language of heaven, they are strangers to its joy’—Christ’s Object Lessons, ch. 29, p. 413. Heavenly language is learned through the influence of the Holy Spirit: «For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God» (1 Corinthians 2:11).
Have you heard yourself speak? What do your words reflect? Is your language characterized by taunts, scathing criticisms, complaints or insults toward others? Yes, your language reflects how close or far away you are from God.
Today invite the Lord to dwell in your heart. Ask Him to help you transform your life and help you learn the language of heaven.