God is Sovereign
Week Starting May 16, 2021
Read this Scripture:
Daniel 4:17 (NIV)
The Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.
Read this Thought:
Sovereign is a big and fancy word. What does it mean? Well, it means that something or someone is supreme, or above, all else. God is sovereign. That means that God is above all else (even the most important person you can think of).
Another way we could say this is to say that God is in control. He is in control of the planets and stars and all of the universe. He is above all governments and kingdoms. He is in charge of all space and time. He is sovereign over everything and everyone… Even you!
There once was a very great king called Nebuchadnezzar (isn’t that an impressive name). He lived several thousand years ago, and was king over most of the earth. But he had a problem. He thought that he was awesome, amazing and wonderful. He forgot that God was much more awesome, amazing and wonderful than anyone - even great kings. God in His goodness interrupted Nebuchadnezzar's life and remind him that he was only a king because God had made him one (you can read this story in Daniel 4).
When we talk about the fact that God is over everything and everyone we must also remember that God is good. When we remember that He is both in control and good, we can trust Him with absolutely everything (our day today, our lives, and even our future).
Do this Activity:
Supplies (to use or just talk about): A basketball, peppercorn, jelly bean, (or similar sized objects) and a map. Also, find a landmark 1/2 a mile away and 1 1/2 miles away from where you are.
Read this: If the Sun were as big as a basketball (hold up a basketball), the Earth would be like a peppercorn (hold up a peppercorn and compare). Imagine all of life as you know it, everywhere you’ve ever been, all the complexity and wonder of the world are represented by this tiny peppercorn. (Now walk 85 feet from the basketball - take approximately 30 big steps). This is how far the Earth is from the Sun. We don’t call it space for nothing!
The farthest planet from the Sun is Neptune. It’s about the size of a jelly bean and 1/2 a mile away from our Sun (give reference to something a 1/2 mile away).
Eris, discovered in 2005, is a dwarf planet (like Pluto but bigger) and is the farthest planet or dwarf planet from the Sun. It would be the size of a pinhead and 1 1/2 miles away from our basketball-Sun (give reference to something 1 1/2 miles away).
That’s just our solar system. Our Sun is one of 200 billion stars in our galaxy (or maybe 400 billion, scientists don’t know how many little stars there are). And there are other galaxies, probably 100 billion. God is sovereign over it all!
(NOTE: This activity is adapted from the Gospel DNA curriculum.)
Discuss this Question:
Why is it hard to trust God sometimes? Why is it good that God is in control?
Scripture to Memorise:
 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (ESV)