Lesson 10: Heaven’s Lifeline, Part 1

Did you know that God wants to talk with you all the time? In this lesson, we’re going to look at three different ways God speaks to us.

Nature

One way that God speaks to us is through nature. The things God has created show us how powerful and loving God really is.

“The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the things of nature. The green fields, the lofty trees, the buds and flowers, the passing cloud, the falling rain, the babbling brook, the glories of the heavens, speak to our hearts, and invite us to become acquainted with Him who made them all” (Steps to Christ, 85).

Nature reveals God’s great power. “The eyes of all wait upon thee, thou givest them their meat in due season” (Psalm 145:15). We all depend on God for the necessities of day-to-day life, and He never fails us.

Nature also displays God’s character of unselfishness, His desire to give us what will bring us joy. When you see the beauty of the forest or experience the sweet smells of spring, you can know that God loves you. He didn’t have to make everything so colorful, and He didn’t have to make the flowers so fragrant, but He did anyway because He wants His children to enjoy His creation.

When Jesus was on earth, He often linked His lessons with things in nature to make them more memorable. He likened the Holy Spirit to the wind (John 3:8); He told us not to worry by pointing us to the birds, the flowers, and the grass (Matthew 6:26, 28-30); and He used a grape vine to illustrate our relationship with Him (John 15:5).

And even now we can learn more about God by examining what He has created. When we try to see the lessons God has for us in nature, God broadens our understanding of His character. Just as an artist’s painting tells us about the mind of the artist, God’s creation reveals who He is to anyone who will listen.

God’s Providence

God teaches us lessons through the different things that happen to us every day. If we will seek to see God’s working in our everyday life, He will send His Holy Spirit to show us precious lessons we might otherwise miss.

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

“Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord” (Psalm 107:43).

As we store up these lessons from our every-day experience, we won’t be tempted to doubt Him even when the future seems dark. We’ll realize that no matter what happens, God is in control and He is more than able to make a way of escape for us.

The Bible

“Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

The Bible is the clearest revelation of God’s heart of love that is available to mankind. The whole Bible tells us about Christ, beginning from the creation—“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3)—all the way to the second coming of Christ—“And behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).

The Bible tells us about how God interacts with humanity. It shows us how eager God is to bless those who find their greatest joy in being with and knowing Him. It tells us about His mercy and what expectations He has of us. The story of Cain reveals God’s mercy, the story of Paul reveals His forgiveness, and the story of David reveals His justice. As we learn who God really is, we will be inspired to trust and serve Him.

As you read, remember that God isn’t just speaking to the different Bible characters. He is speaking directly to you. When you are sad, He comforts you in the Psalms. When confused, He counsels you in Proverbs. When afraid, He assures you in Revelation.

But what if we find it hard to understand the Bible? Everyone can understand the Bible with God’s help. God is the one who gives us the ability to understand the Bible. “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). If we will humble ourselves and ask for the Holy Spirit’s help, God will teach us the things we need to learn.

God desires to give to you a knowledge of His will through the Bible. We should not accept the sayings of any man above the authority of the Bible. When we accept what other people say without thinking for ourselves, we lose mental strength. God wants us to test everything with the Bible before we accept it as truth.

To study the Bible takes focused effort. It is better to focus on one text until you understand it than to read whole chapters and not get the full meaning of them. As you read, pray that God will reveal Himself to you, and He will fulfill His promise. He says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Activity: Think About It

Read Mark 4:35–41. Write one paragraph telling what you learned about God from this passage.