To me, the Bible is the most personal and universal book ever written. When I read it I know God is personally talking to me, just as He was personally talking to Martin Luther as he read the Bible chained to the monastery wall in Europe in 1517, and just as He was personally talking to Ellen White as she read the sacred pages on the Alameda as it sailed the South Pacific on its way to Australia in 1891, and just as He was personally talking to the business secretary who read the Bible app on her tablet commuting on the New York subway last evening. The Bible brings me into a one-on-one personal relationship with Jesus. It also ties me to billions of people around the globe throughout earth’s history.
Last Christmas while I was on vacation, I went golfing with a buddy in Western Arkansas near Ozark Adventist Academy. On our way to the golf course we stopped in a diner for brunch, where we coincidentally ran into my cousin Paul, who was sitting at the community table, studying his Sabbath School lesson on his tablet. We joined him and had an enjoyable conversation, before we went chasing golf balls all through the woods. I had never seen a community table before, where everyone was welcome to sit together, where strangers become friends. Now that I think about it, I guess its like the bar stools at diners back in the 50’s. So maybe the idea isn’t so novel. The small-town diner enchanted me with its social atmosphere, with people visiting, coming and going at their leisure.
It made me think about Sabbath School Net. We are a social online community where people can come and visit, study and share ideas at their leisure. I got to thinking about my cousin Paul who was studying his Sabbath School lesson at the diner, in a social setting. It made me think about people studying their Bibles and Sabbath school quarterlies around the world. I got to wondering where all the people are studying their own Bible around the world. Are people studying right now at a Starbucks in Seattle? You know, Starbucks sells bottled water and fruit juices too. Is someone reading their lesson on a park bench in Birkenhead Park in Liverpool? Is someone having their devotional on their back patio in Cape Town? It is summer time there now, you know. Is someone passing the time on their Sabbath School app while waiting on a plane at the Perth airport?
I just thought it might be nice to share where in the world we enjoy studying our Bibles and or Sabbath School lessons. Many I suppose have a special place inside their comfy home or flat with which God blesses them, while others may have a special restaurant, park bench or special meeting place. Jesus had a special place in the Garden of Gethsemane to worship and pray. Do you have a special place to meet with God?
Years ago in Samaria, a woman met Jesus at a well. They had a one-on-one conversation, but Jesus also talked to her about worshiping in the Spirit. In a way, the Spirit is His own dimension. So if we are all studying God’s Word in the Spirit, we are all studying together all over the world. Sometimes I get a fresh revelation during my study time, only to find a friend got the same revelation during his or her study time. I think that’s because we were all studying together in the Spirit.
I would be interested in meeting you, and finding out not only what country you are from, but where you enjoy studying the Sabbath School lesson, or more importantly, where you are studying the Bible. Are you like many of my nostalgic friends who still enjoy holding an actual book or quarterly in your hands, or do you use an electronic device? Please comment below and let me know where in the world you like to study God’s Word. Then the next time I am enjoying my alone-time in the Spirit with God’s Word, I will know with whom I am studying alone, and I can say a prayer for God to bless your study as well as mine.