A few days ago I spoke to a group of college students about a subject in which I am ill-trained. I gave a talk on poetry. I even spent most of the time reading poetry to them. To be honest, I felt as awkward as if I were at my first dance. The talk, and even the posts I am doing on it, will be fairly amateurish to those knowledgeable in this field. So why put myself through this?
Because the Christian life is a poetic one by nature and, as I have been seeing this more and more, I want others to see it as well. Though I read the poetry like I dance – with two left feet – I still enjoyed the exercise. So how exactly is the Christian life a poetic one?
Christians are to be people of the Bible, and by its nature the Bible is poetical. We see that primarily in the Wisdom literature of the Scriptures, the books Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon (which are often also referred to as the “poetic books”). In these books, God uses poetry extensively to call us to seek wisdom. Not only does He command us to seek it, […]