One of the greatest moments of life for me comes at the end of every day. These are those precious and rapidly passing moments that I still get the honor of tucking my now seven year son into bed each night. The slowed down moments of the day where we can laugh and play and have those heart to heart meaningful conversations that I love so much.
After prayers and memory verses my son and I will talk about his day and all the things that little boys love to talk about. We giggle and play but inevitably the conversation will come full circle to the one thing he dreads the most, and that is sleep. I know that at his age that this is normal.
He’s just so full of life and energy that it’s hard to bottle that all back up even if his little body needs the rest.
This is not what bothers my son.
Like most children his age he deals with nightmares. I know not everyone has had to go through them but I would say most of us have. I know as a child I did and so that makes my mommas heart allot softer toward his plight.
So every single night we go through all the reasons why he can go to sleep and everything will be okay. I do my best to encourage him, reassuring him that we are just in the next room, that God never slumbers or sleeps, that God’s word is true and that it will be okay.
We quote these every night among others:
- Ps 56:3 What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee
- Ps 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only make me dwell safely
- 2 Tim 1:7 God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind
- Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.
All great verses to stand on when you have fear, but to a seven year old battling fear they just seem like words.
One of the things I love about talking to my son is that he gets who God is and there are times he blows me away at what he understands about God.
Last night I prayed for him and when I had finished he said; “mom, I don’t want to hurt your feelings but it really didn’t feel like it made any difference” and that’s when God spoke to me.
I asked him; “son, do you believe God means what He said?”
Real serious he answered; “I think so?”
That’s when I knew this was one of those God moments that was a teachable moment, not just to my son but to me as well.
So listen to the rest of the conversation and interject your own story here and see if you have those “I think so” moments in your own life.
I said son; “Why do you say I think so?” Do you think God would lie to you?”
“He said; I say I think so because I don’t want to tell a lie”
Then it hit me like a brick in the face, the same lie that satan has told since the beginning of time he is still telling today only this time it’s my son and I’m about to call him out on it.
I told my son; “J, do I tell you I love you?” He said; yea like a thousand times a day.” I asked him if he believed me when I told him I loved him? He said yea? So I said to him; you wouldn’t tell somebody who asked you if your mom loved you “you think so, right?” He said; “no silly momma because I know you love me” I asked why he knew that? He said; “because you tell me that all the time.” I then said; “but why are you calling God a liar then? Don’t you believe He told you the truth in His Word?”
He said mom; “God’s not a liar” but J, I said; that’s exactly what you are calling Him when you say I think so?”
He got really quite and teary eyed. I was not intending for him to cry but that’s okay because we need to understand the magnitude of our doubt toward God sometimes. When God tells us something we need to have that assurance that He really means what He has said. It’s never okay to say I think so. I think so means that you have given room for doubt, doubt gives place for the enemy to come in and steal, kill and destroy. You never want to give the devil any room whatsoever.
So this gave the perfect opportunity for me to remind J of a story we have talked about numerous times before.
I said J, let me remind you of a story okay…
I said do you remember when satan came to Eve with the fruit way back there in the garden and he began to talk to her? He asked her a question? Do you remember what he asked her? J’s eyes thoughtful for a moment as he scrambled to remember the question, I finally answered for him.
He asked her “Did God really say?”
You could see the pieces of the puzzle snapping to place in his eyes as he begin to see what I have been trying for months to show him. God said he could lay down and sleep in peace, and he could also rest because God would allow him to do so safely. God also said that He had not given him a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind. I told my son when we choose to see Gods word in any other way than what He said, is to believe that God is a liar. When we choose to entertain the thought, has God really said, or say; I think God said, we are in reality listening to the same tired lie the enemy has been using for millennia.
Put the “I think So” in the grave and bury it for ever & tell the devil it’s over. God did say it and you are obeying it and believing every word of it.
God can be trusted. Not only in the daytime hours but also in the night. When we are asleep God is not. He is ever watching over us. So when the enemy comes, we don’t have to say, I think God will watch over me, I think God will take care of me, I think God will provide for me. We can turn with absolute assurance to God’s word and we can quote word for word everything He said without fear because it’s His words and it’s up to Him to bring it to pass.
It was a joy to see that little boy close his eyes knowing that he got it, that he understood it better. I wish I could say he didn’t have a nightmare last night but I can’t. I will say this we will conquer this enemy as well. Some wars are not easily won overnight but require much prayer. I do know this my son knows without a doubt that God’s word is true, because he woke up last night quoting God’s word and singing God’s praise, score a black eye for the enemy because God’s word did say that Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Romans 10:17
I’m hid with Christ~