For his one year anniversary as our son, we purchased a Bible with his name imprinted on it. I had been waiting for the right time to start showing him how God speaks to us through the Bible and provides us with everything we need to follow Him. As we were setting down for our evening routine of a devotional reading, he said, "My heart believes in God, but my sometimes my brain doesn't understand." I could feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to seize this moment!
I said, "Yes, our brains try to understand, but we will never understand everything about God because He is God and our brain is too small in comparison to Him. Let's look at verse in Isaiah that talks about this very thing. We can look it up in your new bible!"
So I picked up his new Bible and turned to Is. 55:8-9:
"'For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,'
declares the Lord.
'As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" (NIV)
As Anthony read the verse aloud to me, his eyes grew big and he looked at me and exclaimed rather loudly,
"That is exactly what I was thinking! The Bible is amazing!! I am so happy! I love God with all my heart! My heart is different now."
Heart pounding . . . tears of joy welling up . . . silent praise to God.
"Anthony, I can't tell you how happy it makes me that you understand how God speaks to us from His word. He also tells us that we are new creations because of Christ and have a new heart."
"Are there verses that tell us that?"
"Oh, yes! Let me show you!"
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Cor. 5:17, NIV)
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ez. 36:26, NIV)
I continued to show him verses and he continued to be astounded! The Holy Spirit opened his heart and his eyes to the truth of God's word! What a special moment!!
Blessings, dear readers,