Posted by: glorifyhim1 | August 1, 2009

“God Did That!”

Sunday mornings are always filled with teachable moments – as much for me as for the kindergartners I help teach in Sunday School. This past Sunday our Bible story was from Acts 16 where Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison because they told people about Jesus. I watched the kindergartners’ faces as they listened to how Paul and Silas’ feet were locked in chains and how a guard was placed at the door to prevent their escape. They were rapt with attention as they heard how the two men sat in the prison, not crying and complaining, but praying and singing. “Then suddenly,” the teacher telling the story raised her voice with excitement, “there was an earthquake, the chains came loose, and the doors were opened!” The children’s eyes grew wide and they were literally sitting on the edges of their chairs, when barely audible, one little boy breathed, “God did that!”

 

That one remark was a hallelujah moment for this preschool teacher! Nothing had been said to point to God’s activity in the deliverance of Paul and Silas, yet this young child had recognized that these things did not just happen but that they were orchestrated by a wise, all-powerful God. It made me stop and think about how I recognize God’s activity in my own life. Do I see God at work in the events of my life and in the lives of others around me? Psalm 145:10-12 state:

 

 “All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.” (NKJV)

 

Recognizing God’s activity in our lives can increase our faith and help us grow as we see God at work in our lives. It can also provide opportunities for telling others about Him and His wonderful works. So whether it’s seeing a beautiful sunset, hearing a newborn baby’s cry, or witnessing a friend come to faith in Jesus Christ, may we always respond in wonder and awe and like that kindergartner exclaim “God did that!”

 

 

Further Study:     Psalm 16

                                Romans 8:26-39

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