Sunday, February 23, 2014

3 Voices of God for Life

PACKAGING faith for easy bite-sized helpings, and for a comprehensibility we can handle, is an awfully enticing temptation. Articles like this attempt to package faith. I would normally steer well clear of providing ‘answers’, but this construct, like others I’ve ‘packaged’ is, I believe, sound and reliable.
Voices of Eternity
There are three quite essential voices that God speaks resoundingly from eternity and these voices can be heard eternally, through the fabric of life itself. These voices of God cannot change and do not ever need to change. They satisfy the human hunger and provide physical sustenance, truth for the mind, and love for the soul (the heart ‘representing’ the soul).
Three Voices
The voice for the body is physical sustenance – to keep the body alive and healthy through the intake of good food. The voice for the mind is truth – to receive God’s truth and accommodate it; the intake of good truth (is there any other kind?). The voice for the soul is love – to receive God’s love and make it known; the intake of good love (again, is there any other kind?).
Voices are spoken, and God speaks with a silent tongue, but we may know the voices of God by what the free mind may freely observe.
Good food, good truth, and good love propel a person toward a free life – the abundant life of God’s blessing; not a life devoid of hardship, responsibility, and sacrifice, however.
All throughout life we need to be on our guard for voices other than God’s. These represent the voices of bad food, bad truth, and bad love – of kinds there are all through life. These counterfeit voices look like the real thing, and so much so, many are confused – they appear to have life when their lives are spiralling. (Grief experiences are the exception; they have the appearance of spiralling, but we can and do recover from grief and often are made better for it.)
God’s intent for creation as far as we are concerned is that we live.
Good food nourishes the body. Good truth nourishes the mind. Good love nourishes the soul. We need all three, and God provides all three. This is to be our striving: to make our own, each of these three.
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The voice for the body is physical sustenance – to keep the body alive and healthy through the intake of good food. The voice for the mind is truth – to receive God’s truth and accommodate it; the intake of good truth (is there any other kind?). The voice for the soul is love – to receive God’s love and make it known; the intake of good love (again, is there any other kind?).
© 2014 S. J. Wickham.
Acknowledgement to Sy Rogers.

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