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"The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all."
This past week I was thinking about my son, who is brand new in middle school, and knows very few kids in his classes. He was so well-established among his friends and teachers after six years at the elementary school. Our whole family is well-established there. And now he is in a place where he is just like any other kid that nobody knows, with a family nobody knows, starting from scratch to carve a niche for himself.
Then I was thinking about my daughter, who loves her friends, and who struggles with how to, well, "Make new friends, but keep the old...". She is trying to establish herself as a friend to many, and sometimes finds herself at odds with the fact that not all of them are eager to be one happy family of friends. She doesn't know how to deal with the dynamics, and sometimes it doesn't go well.
Really, don't we all spend a whole lot of time and mental and emotional energy trying to figure out how to establish ourselves and our family members in one setting or another? I don't know about you, but the feelings of insecurity can leap to the surface for me at the speed of light when I think about it.
So today our group of Moms in Touch praised God for the fact that he is firmly established, and for the implications that has for us as his children. I started by doing a keyword search using "establish" in the concordance at biblegateway.com. The results were staggering to me because of the vast number of references to God's authority being firmly established, and also to so many of the aspects of the relationship he has established with mankind. It was a very rich study, and I highly recommend a look at the link to see for yourself.
Adoration (praising God for who he is): We praised God that...
- His throne is established from eternity, and he has firmly established his creation (Psalm 93:1-2)
- He has established his faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 89:1-4)
- He established the Old Covenant with the Hebrew people, to secure his relationship with them forever (Genesis 17:3-8)
- He established the New Covenant for his people, the Church, through Jesus Christ, a superior covenant depending only on HIS faithfulness (Hebrews 8:6, 10)
Confession: We confessed that we are often busy establishing our own little kingdoms for ourselves and our families, whether in our homes, in our schools, our churches, our neighborhoods, our sports, our work places. During our silent time, we each asked him to show us where we might be doing this, and whether there is any area that we need to trust him to establish us and our children as HE sees fit.
Thanksgiving: We thanked God for his answers to prayer, and for the truth that, "if anyone is (established) in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Supplication: We asked God to help our children be rooted and established in love (Ephesians 3:16-19), and be firmly established in their faith, finding hope and security through their identity in Christ (Colossians 1:23). We also asked him to guide us wisely, and our kids through our example, to be more concerned with establishing his kingdom than our own, through that ministry of reconciliation.
We prayed that the staff members at our kids' schools would welcome God to establish relationships with them personally. We prayed that they would take the time to establish rapport as well as authority among their students, enabling the students to feel well-established in a safe and caring learning environment.
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us--
yes, establish the work of our hands."