By Tim Childs
In unison, we join with the psalmist when he
declared his desire to praise our majestic Creator as we
acknowledge we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm
139:14). God made us so as to have emotions and then,
through non-verbal communication, express these through a
variety of facial expressions which are created by
involuntary muscle movements, or muscle positions in the
skin. At times we communicate positive messages;
sometimes quite the opposite. A smile, for instance,
can show approval; it also can indicate a sense of
well-being and inner joy. It is easily distinguished from an
angry look...a snarl or scowl. A number of emotional
expressions enable us to “talk” to a foreign citizen without
speaking a word.
When God commissioned
Jeremiah and prepared him for his prophetic office, He
anticipated the difficult challenges Jeremiah would face in
discharging his responsibility to faithfully declare God’s
message to a wayward people. God comforted the young man
when He said, “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with
thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 1:8).
God knew beforehand what Jeremiah would be up against
sometimes while preaching. Hard looks. Consternation.
Just as verbal communication
proceeds from the heart (Matthew 15:18-19), so does the
non-verbal. Facial expressions convey so much to others.
What is the nature of the messages we are sending to others
within the body of Christ during the week, and during times
of meeting in the assembly? Do we convey that we are happy
to be here, and that really there is no place we’d rather
be? Do we express a heart of warmth and good-will toward all
who have assembled together before God? May we keep our
hearts and minds in check before Him.
- Tim Childs preaches for the Hillcrest Church of Christ in
Baldwyn, MS. He may be contacted through the