Greater is He!

As a continuation from the last SAND Room, I want to share with all of you what God showed me in Vacation Bible School. Being with sixteen 4th graders, it’s easy to see they will try to push the limits if someone doesn’t draw a strong line. God had something to teach me about His power in all things. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. (NIV)

VBS week started out great! Lots of activities, crafts, worship music, good snacks, and outdoor fun. But the challenge came when it was time to go into a classroom and have some instruction in the Word of God. It’s a very important part of the day, and one, I was soon to witness, the enemy would like to sabotage. This is exactly what I was not looking forward to. The first couple of days were rough. But God gave me the solution that was needed. As we entered into the classroom setting on the third day, I announced to the kids that there was a battle going on. I asked them if they knew who the battle was between? They didn’t. I told them that we just passed a group of much younger children sitting quietly, listening to their lesson. But in this room, a battle between the enemy and God was being lost, and God is greater than the enemy. We were going to take this room back for God! They were all ears, as I explained to them when my granddaughter, with special needs, struggles with some of these things, I pray for her. (They were all getting to know Maren in the group.) I told them that’s what we’re going to do. If I saw the enemy winning in a child, I would give them a one-finger warning. If it continued, they would get two fingers, and a walk out into the hallway to be prayed for. The entire group of children immediately responded. I didn’t even have to give one warning on the first day. I think children are more attune to the spiritual realm. They seemed to sense a power far greater than just me standing there talking to them about the battle at hand. The rest of the week proceeded in much the same way. On the last day, they all sat in a circle and one by one they recited a Bible verse they had learned that week. And at the end, we all stood in a circle holding hands, and each child shared something they were thankful for. What an amazing turnaround! I even got to know the names of the kids who were quiet, like I would have been—something the enemy would like to have stolen from them.

I heard that when a teenager gets on a carnival ride, they will tug the seat guard. Not to get it to release, but to make sure it is firm. They also want to know when they tug on their parents’ rules, they are firm. That’s security—just as we want to know that God’s Word is true, and stands firm, no matter how wild the ride through life gets. Our enemy, Satan, is out to steal, kill, and destroy who Jesus is…in our world, in our churches, and even in our Vacation Bible Schools. When we recognize who is against us, and Who is for us, the power of God wins every time! “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” 2 Corinthians 10:47 (NIV)

Searching And Noticing the Divine can come at the cost of exhausting obedience, like volunteering for VBS. But it can come with great gain, too. The kids and I experienced God overcoming what seemed unmanageable, and turning it around for His glory—not in our power, but in His. As it should be!

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them,
because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 (NIV)