Psalm 8:2, Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have established strength on account of your adversaries, in order to silence the enemy and vengeful foe. (ISV)
Children tell the funniest stories.
For example, when my son Nick was a little boy my husband and I would refer to him as “Nicky Newton”. Our darling little whiz would dub his inventions with such funny names as “Supersonic ERX-20777” and would explain their function in an equally intrinsic way. It was hysterical. I wish I had taken the time to capture some of his presentations on video, except that I was too busy cleaning after him!
In his radio program, Through the Bible, Dr. J. Vernon McGee tells a funny story about a similarly ingenious kid who told her mother what she had learned in church that Sunday:
“What did you learn at Sunday School today, Susie?”
“Teacher told us about Enoch.”
“And what did your teacher say?”
“She said that Enoch walked with God and that he did not die but that God took him home.”
“And what do you think that means?” her mother further inquired, curious to hear the young child’s understanding of such deep concepts.
“Well,” said Susie, “I think that God would come to Enoch’s house every day and say, ‘Let’s go for a walk.’ One day, God had a lot to tell Enoch, so they walked a lot longer and it got real late, so God said, ‘Enoch, we’re closer to my home than to yours, so let’s just go to my house instead.”
Dr. McGee concludes this cute story exclaiming, “I could’ve not explained it any better!” Not bad coming from a Bible teacher whose radio broadcast has been teaching God’s Word in over 100 languages, in more than 160 countries, and for over 40 years.
Jesus told his disciples that unless we change and become like little children, we will never enter or be considered great in His kingdom. (Matthew 18:1-4, NIV)
Children are not perfect, but they are innocent and honest (unless they ate the last cookie). They forgive easily and tend not to hold grudges. They pay no mind to others’ skin color, social or economic status, and (this one’s one of my favorites) they don’t over complicate things. If you tell them that Jesus is the Lord, they believe. If you tell them that He loves them, they believe. If you tell them that He can heal the sick, they believe. If you tell them that He forgives them if they did something wrong but they tell him that they’re sorry, they’ll readily do it and with a great big smile they’ll go back to playing with not a care in the world.
Perhaps it’s time we pay more attention to the little ones around us, so we can emulate their genuine faith and simple ways, and learn to love like Jesus did; to be free and be able to enjoy life as God has intended; to silence the enemy of our souls; to become great in the eyes of the Lord, and – while we’re at it – be delightedly entertained by some of their adorable stories.