Today I got up early, and was looking forward to rekindling my love of studying God's Word over a great cup of iced coffee...ALONE.
Yet, my little guy is an early bird. I promise, I worked like mad to train him to be a late riser, but the older he has gotten, the more he has chosen to defy me. :)
God just wired him that way, I think. He loves to get up early.
So, before my coffee was even brewed, he walked in, chattering like a mockingbird.
It turned out wonderful, though. We had about an hour and a half together, and we studied Matthew chapter 2 on an in-depth level.
One of the cross references was Psalm 103:19 "The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all."
Wow! What a powerful verse.
These past months, I've really struggled with the sovereignty of God. I was taught, as a child, that satan controls this world, and God will control everything after Jesus comes back.
Yet, that isn't what Scripture says. Over and over again, it speaks of the sovereignty of God...TODAY. Even Peter was told by Jesus that satan had gained permission, by asking (of God), to sift him like wheat. The operative words here, though, are that satan had to ask permission of the Father first.
I believe, from my study of the Word, that nothing happens in the life of the believer without God's permission.
Romans tells us that we are a slave to that which we obey..either to sin or to righteousness. So, I believe that it's different for someone who doesn't belong to Jesus. I don't think that satan has to ask permission in their lives, although I'm still studying that hypothesis out.
I do believe that satan can't even breath a nasty breath on one who has been sealed by the Holy Spirit, in Christ, without God's permission.
So, to see that verse today was really amazing for me.
I asked Caedmon all about it...
WHO established God's throne? He did, Mommy.
WHERE is it established? In the heavens.
WHAT does it mean that God is sovereign? He rules, Mommy. He's in control.
WHAT does that mean to us, Caedmon? We can trust Him, Mommy.
WHO does God's sovereignty rule over? ALL, Mommy...everything.
Then there was a cross reference that took us to Revelation, where we learned about the new heaven and the new earth. (Did you KNOW that the new earth will have no seas?! I didn't!)
It talked about the new Jerusalem being the bride for Jesus. ( I'm paraphrasing a bit..but that's the gist.) I was SO excited when Caedmon said, "But Mommy, I thought the church was the bride of Christ."
Yippie! He's listening!
And, I was reminded of something quite dear to my heart, in this interchange with my little guy...this conversation we had today about God's Word, and his questions that stemmed from our study, are the EXACT reason why I hope to find a church where our children are welcomed in the service with us.
There is nothing that takes the place of these kinds of discussions with my children. Nothing. That's my job as a Mother, to ground them in the Word...and I hope to find a church home where the Word is taught, and not through a paraphrase, but through the Word itself. ( Oops! I think I just picked up the soapbox!)
I want to be able to talk with my children about the hard questions that they have of Scripture. Goodness knows that I have my fair share of tough questions for Scripture!
I was also reminded today that time in the Word, 1st thing in the morning, with Caedmon, just makes him a different little boy. It truly is like the Shepherd's staff for him...he was wonderful today, and yesterday I was ready to bar-b-que him for dinner!
I guess he's just like his Mommy in that...I'm not much fun to be around when I haven't had my time with the Lord, either.
Today was a wonderful day. I needed it. :)
He did too!