Children are precious to God.
Jesus said, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18;10
As a child, Jesus had quite an adventure at the age of 12, when he was left behind during a family trip to Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of the Passover. When his parents found him missing, they searched for him for 3 days and found him in the temple.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2.
Even as a child, he kept God’s commandments.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the landthe Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
Samuel was given to God, to serve Him for his entire life in His temple when he was weaned, under the care of Eli, the priest. One night, God spoke to the boy Samuel. Thinking it was Eli, Samuel ran to Eli.
Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3
God gave a message to the child, Samuel, for Eli, the priest.
David was but a boy when Samuel anointed him to be the next king of Israel.
Back then, he was helping out in his family by tending to the sheep.
When he offered to fight Goliath on behalf of the Israelites, Saul was concerned.
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.” 1 Samuel 17
David not only faced Goliath, with God’s help, he triumphed with his stone and sling.
God shows his power and love through children too.
Paul had this advice to young Timothy.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
Jesus welcomed kids and chided his disciples for turning them away.
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19
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