‘And a little child shall lead them’
Question: Are there any instances in the Bible where children were used by God to benefit his purpose?
Answer: The Bible teaches us that everything was created by God. Through God’s omniscience (all-knowing) and His omnipotence (all-powerful) humans were created in God’s image. That gives God the right to use and do anything He pleases. God used a raven to feed one of His prophets (1st Kings 17:6), and God utilized an animal to speak His word (Numbers 22:28). So, it is quite natural that God does and still uses children to articulate His word. Jesus said in Matthew 18:6 that if one would offend a little one that believes in Him, the offender should be drowned in the depths of the sea. Isaiah 11:6-9 reflects the fact that little children will play unharmed while receiving knowledge from the Lord. This is a time when the Messiah is to rule.
God allowed two youths to run the kingdom of Judah. King Joash was seven-years-old when he became the king and ruled for 40 years. King Josiah was 8 Years old when God allowed the kingdom in his hands. He ruled for 31 years. King David was about 16-years-old when he killed Goliath the giant. Joseph was 17-years-old when he was sold into slavery. Prophet Samuel was about 11-years-old when he heard the voice of God. Jesus was 12-years-old when he amazed the elders with His learning skills while in the temple. To God ‘age ain’t nothing but a number’.
According to the Bible it is the solemn duty of a Christian to raise a child in a Christian atmosphere (Proverbs 22:6). Ephesians 6:4 gives instruction on how to raise your children. Your child might be the next instrument that God utilizes in impacting His kingdom.
Reverend David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rev Deal can be reached at the West-side Gazette, 545 NW Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311, or by email at David.firstname.lastname@example.org.