There is a time to speak and a time to refrain from speaking… ~Solomon
There are two maxims that I have labored to teach people over the last 10 years or so. 1.) There is a God. 2.) You are not Him. The first answers the protestation of a very decrepit modernism and the second answers the bloviation of an adolescent postmodernism. Modernism hates the idea of God because he believes that God is dead. Postmodernism hates the idea of God because he thinks that God is dad. Then there is the Christian who simply believes that God is.
The God of Sacred Scripture is bothered by neither modernity nor postmodernity because He dwells in timeless eternity. He is not given to the flux and fits of either of these recent pretenders to the throne of truth. His nature is immutable without being inert. His will is settled without being stagnant. His being is simple without being simplistic. His counsel is formative without ever needing to be informed. He is pure being who never has need to become. Absolute perfection is like that you see. This is truth.
This truth only comes to us through trembling. Solomon, in his wisdom, reminds us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” When we speak about God we must do so with a certain degree of trepidation. Why? Refer back to the two maxims mentioned earlier.
When a vision of the living God is given to us, human imagination staggers, and human reason lies prostrate on the floor. Isaiah is undone, a man of unclean lips, and Moses is hidden in the cleft of the rock so that he will not be dissolved. We shouldn’t speak hastily. We shouldn’t speak casually. When we do speak, our words should be few because God is in heaven. And if He hasn’t spoken we shouldn’t speak at all.
It is vanity to speak without knowledge. It is culpable vanity to speak about God without knowledge. The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. We are free to say that God is but we are not free to declare what God is without the aid of His own self-revelation. Such is the luciferian pride that lies at the heart of all idolatry.
I suppose since postmodernity has such disdain for his father we have been taught that it is quite alright for us to dishonor our Father. This is utter folly. Christians must learn to mind there manners. Don’t speak unless spoken to. If God hasn’t opened His mouth then we should learn to assume the same tight-lipped position. When God speaks in wisdom worlds are made. When we speak in ignorance the world is wrecked.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. A reasonable question to ask then is this, “Whose death and life?” Speaking for God is the highest honor bestowed on mortal men. This proclamation brings the life of God to the souls of men. But putting words into God’s mouth is tantamount to death-dealing.
Therefore we must learn to open the Book before we open our mouths. We must, like Job, put our hand over our lips and tremble as we hear the Word through the Sacred Page. Then with awestruck fear we should learn to speak—just what He has said.