In the Bible, King Solomon, the wisest of the wise, the man who pretty much experienced life to the fullest makes an astounding self proclaimation. He says that he is only a little child as recorded in 1 Kings 3:7. It is a pity that Solomon began with dedication and humility to serve God and God’s people, but toward the end of his life, did not seek to wholeheartedly please God (1 kings 11:9-11). But this proclaimation about himself got me thinking.
What does it mean to be a child?
While there are many thoughts that can surface from this analysis, such as a child has implicit unconditional trust (believes in fairy tales, Mickey Mouse, etc), is dependent on his/her parents for provisions and protection, yada yada yada, one thought that struck my core was that in a child we see the pattern of life that God wants us to live.
Our darling son, Reuben Abishai Paul (Baby RAP) when he was a little over one year old, started to walk and when he was about two, started to talk.
This is kind of true of most children. Children walk first and then talk. As Christians, this is how the pattern should be, we should live our lives (walk the walk) before trying to preach to the world (talk the talk). Our lives may be the one Bible some one reads in their lifetime.
Point(s) to Ponder:
1. Are we walking the walk and the talking the talk or is it the other way round?
2. Can we recognize that we are only children and should have implicit unconditional trust in God and be dependent on him for everything.
1 Kings 3:7 (King James Version)
7. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.