Thursday, April 30, 2009

This week's lesson: revelation

We believe that God speaks.

But what it would be like if He never shut up?

As this week's lesson points out, God has spoken to us "at many time and in various ways" -- and no doubt your Sabbath School class will enjoy discussing how He does this through Scripture, reason, spiritual gifts, and our consciences.

And in the course of this discussion, no doubt one of your class members will express the wish that God spoke more clearly and more often. "Wouldn't it be nice," they'll say, "if God told us exactly what to do anytime we need make a decision?"

In a word, no.

A boss who does this, after all, is scorned as a micro-manager.

A parent who does this to one of their adult children is loathed as a control-freak.

And a man who always tells his wife just exactly what to do in order to make sure there's no way she could possibly make a mistake . . . well, whenever you see this, you know it's only a matter of time before the two of them are playing hide-and-go-seek.

And she's the one with the axe.

In short, we love to hear from the ones we love -- but we don't want them always telling us what to do. We value their words, but we also value our space. And a God who never left us alone to work out things on our own would soon grow as tiresome as those TVs at the airport that are always blaring CNN.

So as you teach this week's lesson, you'll want to discuss all the things we can learn from all the ways that God speaks to us.

But don't forget: we can learn a lot from His silences too.

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