Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Renewal of the Church – Hudos Eetho – Children Expectation of God
Christos MTC, PA
the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,”
There’s a general perception that the subject of God is too complex for little children to understand. Is it perhaps the other way around where God’s message is actually so simple even a child can understand it? I still remember this one night when we were all winding down for bed with my daughter. We kept to our usual routine each night where she would first change into her “paa-jam-moos” and then pick up one or two of her favorite children’s book for me to read. Once story time was over, we changed gears to reading her children’s Bible, followed by family prayer immediately afterwards. Like most nights, Abby started off our family prayer but something was different this night. She started out with her usual routine to “Bless mommy and daddy” but as she continued her voice started to crack and she became very emotional as she poured her heart to Jesus. I knew at that moment that my little girl, no older than 5, had accepted Jesus into her life.
As we look closer at today’s Bible portion, we continue to see more examples of God using the weak things of the world to shame the wise and the strong (1 Cor 1:27). In Matthew 21, we find an elite and influential group of people called the chief priests and scribes who failed to understand the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey as prophesized in Zechariah (9:9) or signs that the promised messiah would come and heal the lame and blind (Isaiah 35:5,6). Lastly, we see children from the temple crying out Hosanna (save now) son of David which seems to be the final straw that chief priests and scribes can take.We learn that out of babes and nursing infants is not just any praise but perfect praise! To put things into some perspective, one study has placed the diameter of the observable universe at 93 billion light years yet scripture tells us that the heavens were measured by the span of God’s hand (Isa 40). And even the heavens can’t contain God or His glory (1 King 8:27) but yet the praise of a child is far greater than the vastness of heaven. When we get caught up with the troubles of this world, we miss the big picture God has been trying to show us. Life becomes a lot clearer and our daily walk with Jesus becomes more meaningful when we have simple faith like a child.
Help us, O LORD, not to be blind like the chief priests and scribes who failed to see Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Help us instead to have faith like a child where all we need to know is that Jesus loves us this we know for the Bible tells us so. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“Train up a child in the way he should go – but be sure you go that way yourself.” – Charles Spurgeon