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Jesus Love the Little Children

Numbers 14:20, 22-23, 31
Then the LORD said, “… none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. … But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected.”

It’s impossible to quantify how much harm gets done to children by seemingly well-intentioned adults who follow their own impulses rather than God’s revealed truth.

Let’s give these faithless Israelites the benefit of the doubt and assume that they really are fearful for their children’s lives. They may not care all that much for God, but I bet they do care for their families—at least they mean to. In fact, you and I know plenty of unbelieving, worldly people who care nothing for the things of God but who put their family first in life, right? These pilgrims here are blind and dumb, not conniving. They’re sheep, not wolves. But like sheep without a shepherd, they’re heading toward ruin and taking their kids down with them unless God intervenes.

How many parents in our confused generation are ‘transitioning’ their little boys into girls because they think that’s genuine compassion? How many teachers are encouraging young kids to think of themselves as an oppressed class, believing that such instruction is the goal of education? How many parents are spending weekends on the road driving to sporting events and tournaments, sacrificing everything at the altar of their child’s talent, even if it means always missing church and losing out on spiritual rest and forfeiting biblical instruction? The fact is when we presume to know better than God what is best for our kids, we’ll destroy our own potential for fulfillment along with theirs.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, don’t let anyone else decide what’s best for your little ones—not a doctor or a coach or a celebrity or even a spouse. And don’t trust your gut either! Listen to God, Who cares most for their wellbeing. He’ll lead them to the Promised Land with or without you, but He’d much rather you join Him on the journey.