Monday, January 12, 2009

From the Mouths of Babes...

“When great things are brought about by weak and unlikely instruments, God is thereby much honoured, for his strength is perfected in weakness, and the infirmities of the babes and sucklings serve for a foil to the divine power.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Complete & Unabridged)

Before you go any farther in this BLOG, dust off your Bible and read Matthew 21:14-17. In this passage, Jesus turns from those who think they’re “all that” in their own eyes, to those who God treasures, the weak and humble.

It never ceases to amaze me how God uses children of all kinds. This past weekend, I had the distinct honor of being presented with a sizable donation from a group of 6th grade girls who had ventured out on a 1 day missions project. These energetic, giggly youths stood at 3 different grocery stores, telling the story of SNAPPIN’ MINISTRIES and begging donations to send a kid to camp. They stood in the cold. They put up with rude, grumpy people. And they did this all while they were fasting. What a testimony they are to the goodness and glory of God! In turn, God surprised them by blessing their efforts, producing 6 times their original goal.

In another example, I was able to watch my child glorify God in spite of his circumstances. At the emergency room last week, Charlie wouldn’t allow me to infuse him before we prayed. He does this with every infusion I give him, but only the family is a witness to this act. In the ER, medical staff were allowed to witness the humble petition of an 8 year old boy.

On Monday, we travelled to Children’s Hospital lab for a panel of blood tests. This is particularly hard on Charlie as he has to sit for quite some time while more than a half-a-dozen tubes of blood are drawn. Nevertheless, he bowed his head once again in front of the lab technicians, calling out to the Lord above before he faced one of his greatest fears. What testimony it was to these unsuspecting adults!

The point of these stories is to remind you that Christ tells us, “’From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise'” (Matthew 21:17, Psalm 8:2) and “"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). God can and will use our children, no matter what their health status, to present us with a heavenly example. We need to hold our children with an open hand, instruct them in the ways of the Savior and pray that God would use them to reflect His glory to everyone around them. He is faithful to answer that request. And when He does, we will have the privilege of being awed as we have a front-row seat to watching Him work.

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