The Weakness Of Babies

April 14, 2005
by Shirley Dobie

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. (NIV)

When my grandson, Cory, was little, he loved to be sung to, so, as many grandmothers do, I sang as I rocked him. By the time he was a two-year-old, he wanted more activity. "Rock-a-bye Baby" was a favourite because, when it came to the part "and down will fall baby, cradle and all," I would drop his upper body and catch him before he got too far. I don't think it ever occurred to him that I held his legs.

When his new sister was born, Cory thought that she was just "it". One day when she was fussy, I rocked her and sang "Rock-a-bye Baby" out of habit. By the time I got to the "down will fall baby" part, he came to a screeching halt beside me with eyes getting bigger by the moment. You could see his relief as I carried on rocking her and finished the song without dropping her. Young as he was, Cory knew that the baby wasn't strong enough for our usual antics.

Ephesians 4:13-14 – Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. (NIV)

Like babies, we Christians start out our spiritual lives very weak, but we are told in Ephesians how to be strengthened and to mature, so that we can endure the roughness of life's tossing and turning. We also know that the everlasting arms will never let us go. No sickness or divorce or famine or flood can keep Him from supporting our weak frames. No matter how old we are, we still need His strength to hold us securely.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we need Your protection, but we also need to grow in our spiritual life. Memorizing Your Word helps, but it is hard. Please give us the discipline to read the Bible, to pray, and to grow in our own faith, and give us patience with new believers. In Jesus' name we ask this. Amen.

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Shirley Dobie <sherl@telus.net>
Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada

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