My first day of high school World History, I nervously took my seat in the back of the classroom. I’d heard the rumors.
Mr. L was the hardest teacher in the school. My expectation was that I would work harder in this class than I had ever worked before.
That expectation was met.
What is God Like? I really want to know.
He had a gruff tone. He didn’t smile.
His no-nonsense approach to teaching meant that not a second would be wasted on such trivialities as an unprepared student failing to have their notebook out with a pencil in hand, ready to begin taking notes as soon as the bell signaled class had started.
Despite those qualities (or perhaps because of them), I soon grew to love Mr. L’s class more than any class I’d ever taken. The lack of a smile wasn’t his fault. He’d had a stroke. His gruff tone, I learned, didn’t mean he was mean (though he was strict). His no-nonsense approach suited me just fine, after I became so interested in what he was teaching, that I had little patience for anyone who might waste class time.
Mr. L. seemed to know everything there was to know about World History.
When he assigned a big research project one day, and told us, if we plagiarized even one sentence in our report, he would know, I believed him. He said he’d read any book that we might ever use, that he had a photographic memory and that he’d be able to find the exact passage in any book, of anything we’d copied.
I believed that he was smart enough to recognize and remember where an exact passage could be found in any history book. To this day, I’m still not sure if he was kidding about that.
He is the smartest person I’ve ever met.
I remained nervous around him for the entire time he was my teacher, because I had such respect for him, and I truly wanted to meet his high standards. A good word from him about my work meant far more to me than it did coming from anyone else.
Mr. L became, in my mind, became the definition of wisdom and knowledge. He was almost “god-like” to me in that respect.
I knew that Mr. L never even came close to God in wisdom, but as humans made in the image of God, terms describing personal characteristics such as wisdom, goodness, righteousness, love, etc., are terms whose meaning we understand through our experience of these qualities in other human beings.
Wayne Grudem says, in Systematic Theology,
“…in one sense of another, all of creation reveals something about God to us, and that the higher creation, especially man who is made in God’s image, reveals him more fully.”
When we talk about what God is like, describing his characteristics, we must show caution not to let our experiences with other humans color our perception of God wrongly.
Every one of God’s attributes must be understood in light of what Scripture tells us about God.
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