So you think you're only a baby???
Today, I was reading something in Matthew that struck a resonance with my very being. It was when Jesus said this prayer, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes...even so Father, for it seemed good in your sight" (Matthew 11:25-26)
God can use anything. If He could cause a donkey to speak to a man, why can't He use anything else He chooses to use? If He can raise up stones to give Him His praise, then why can't He reveal His secrets to the least noble of men? It made me realize that sometimes human beings may clamor for the highest titles, but yet God can skip all highly titled persons, and go right to the young dame or lad who has yet not one title. At least He has a resume/CV of doing that in the past. Wasn't He the One who skipped all of David's mighty brothers and selected David while he was yet tending sheep in the backyard?
Imagine this scenario...a father calling his 5-yr old son and saying, "hey buddy, I wanna tell you a secret." The 5-yr old runs straight right onto daddy's laps and squeezes his ears on daddy's lips. And daddy finally whispers, "I bought a new car for mummy but we can't let her know until tomorrow, okay?" And the little boy grins and goes back to playing with his toys.
In that scenario, the father trusted his young 5 yr-old not to tell his mum this fabulous surprise secret. Of course not all 5 yr-olds can be trusted in that fashion, if he was a very loud-mouthed child his dad would make it a surprise for both mum and child. But in this case, we see that the father trusted his son not to tell. There must have been a reason for that trust. In the past, there may have been a minor occurrence that caused the father to know the character of his son, despite how young he was.
In the same way, God can definitely place His trust in babes. You may be a baby in the knowledge of His word, but God was the One who formed your inward parts and made you in secret (ps 139), He knows your strengths and your weaknesses, and He knows you more than you even know yourself! He knows your character, your intelligence, and your capacities. And He knows when and if you can be trusted.
You need not have any title in a church, neither do you need any title in your office or in your bank account. You don't need to know all the scriptures in the bible, neither do you need to be a graduate from a bible-reading college. You don't need a voice, neither do you need a note-book. You don't need a car, neither do you need a jet. You don't need the most fashionable clothes, neither do you need to be a run-way model. You don't need a degree in theology, neither do you need a degree in math or science. You just need to have the capacity to be trusted by God...you just need to thirst for His water. You know how babies thirst for their mother's milk? Yes, in the same fashion...you just need to look up to God, hungry for His word.
Those who are known to be wise and prudent sometimes don't understand when they make a mistake, or when they don't understand. They may get caught up in the facade that they know everything, which is usually not true. Only God knows everything. It is good to be considered "wise," but let it never reach a level where you are not TEACHABLE (reminds me of Kafo's post).
I want to be a babe that can be trusted... I want to be a babe in the womb leaping for joy at the sound of His voice... I want to be a babe, not overly familiar with the voice of God... I want to be a babe, not too familiar with the anointing of my pastor... I want to be a babe, not too familiar with the doctrines of the church... I want to be a babe, not too familiar with the parables and the word... I want to be a babe...able to hold the secrets and revelations of God in high esteem...
Picture credit: Jennifer Loomis photography 2004