If you read nothing else of this week’s lesson, please read this passage: Jeremiah 10:1-15. It is a powerful passage and it covers a lot of ground. It warns us not to follow the world’s ways, not to be frightened by their gods. It really is just simply asking us to remember that our God is the Creator of the universe and our protector. It is asking us not to live in fear but to trust Him fully with every aspect of our lives.
I am amazed at how relevant these lessons are for us today. As we often discuss in Sabbath School, the world around us is influencing us in ways we don’t even recognize. Social media is the steroid shot that makes all we read watch and listen become fully entrenched in our souls.
If our defenses are down we will automatically follow the world. The only way to combat our natural inclination to follow a leader–any other leader–is to hold on to Our Leader God. This passage is another reminder of how important it is to not lose our focus on God.
Last week we discussed the passage in Numbers about the snakes in the desert. What are the snakes in our lives that are keeping us busy looking down and in fear? Where is the “bronze snake” in your life? Is it safely at home somewhere? Is it something you can carry with you? Is it simply a quick prayer? Is the “bronze snake” something tangible in your life? Can you get to it in time or are you more likely to perish?
Here’s an important passage from Thursday’s lesson:
“Today we see the worship of intellectualism and postmodernism, which is “characterized by broad skepticism . . . or relativism” 2 and opposed to God and His Word. We see evolutionists leading many Christians to question the literal seven-day Creation. Still others question faith and the role of religion in their personal lives. Let us never forget that our faith is threatened when we embrace human philosophies and elevate another’s mind above God’s—whose understanding is unsearchable (Isa. 40:28).
“We often don’t realize how these “god-isms” influence the way we perceive God. We are like a child whose first pair of eyeglasses reveals a clearer way of viewing the world, and thus realizes that his/her previous view was dangerously skewed. God, however, invites us to embrace a better vision of who He is. In order to do this, we must acknowledge that “people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps” (Jer. 10:23, NIV). He is the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth (Jer. 9:24). What an awesome privilege He grants us!”