Child’s Play

playground-1536747-639x852God creates power and might for Himself from the lisping, learning, stammering tongues of young children. Rather than establish strength through the lips of the wise and the aged, Yahweh reveals His majesty most clearly through little boys and girls. He brings Himself glory through the youngest, weakest, most vulnerable human beings. When little children lisp the gospel, God unleashes power beyond comprehension. …

When toddlers lisp the gospel, they utter powerful, profound truth. Theologians may tease out and develop the nuances of God’s Word more fully, but a faithful scholar cannot leave behind the simple, glorious truths that come from the lips of young children. God gets all the glory because toddlers are so weak, so vulnerable that the power of the truth cannot be from them.

The universe is stunned at the magnificent majesty of God when toddlers pray before bedtime and sing in Sunday school. God creates victorious power from the lips of children who confess Him. God makes Himself great through the weakness of the weak. This should be a huge encouragement for young mothers who spend their days wiping noses, cleaning up spills, folding little hands before meals, and singing songs while changing diapers. Step back and see the big picture: God is making His name majestic in this world through you. God is establishing His strength in this world through your children as they learn to praise Him.

— James Johnston, Rejoice, The Lord is King, KL 1738, 1750.

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