A couple weeks ago I wrote a post called, "Pivot of Perspective On Bible Study" where I talked about a few different ways I've been talking to people about how they view the bible. Here I would like to throw out a few thoughts I've been thinking a bit through about how we refer to it in our speech. We refer to the bible in a number of ways. We call it things like:
- The Bible
- The Word
- God's Word
- The Holy Bible
- Word of God
All of these are certainly good and well-meaning names and I am not saying we should change how we refer to it. Instead, I'm asking the question, what if we changed the way we referred to it? How could that impact how we see it impacting our lives? I have found the most common way we refer to it is, "The Word of God." We have time in the Word. We study the Word.
But the more I study it I'm starting to think maybe a more accurate and fresh description of it would be, "Acts of God" versus "Word of God." Now, I know that would be a bit awkward to refer to it by that name in the contexts we typically use the phrase "The Word of God." And I'm certainly not saying the ways in which we currently refer to it are inaccurate. But, just think about it for a second. We are not just talking about words here. We are, in fact, talking about actions God has taken.
Maybe referring to it (or thinking about it) as "Acts of God" would cause us to see how our actions should change? Maybe it would be a refreshing reminder that God took action toward and for us? Maybe it would also cause us to follow in action more than simply studying it does? And, maybe understanding it as Acts of God would reach much deeper into our affections/desires/feelings?
After all, we do say things like, "Actions speak louder than words."