OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES
You cannot measure a man’s wisdom by the baldness of his head, or the grayness of his hair; and yet if the Spirit of God were with us to sanctify each day’s experience it ought to be so. “Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.”
“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger!” [Psalm 8:2]
“Great men are not always wise, neither do the aged understand judgment.” [Job 32:9] Job’s friend Elihu was not the only man who has been disappointed when looking to his seniors for wisdom, for it is a sorrowful truth that the lapse of years will not make us wiser apart from the grace of God. Though with the teaching of the Holy Spirit every year’s experience will make the Christian riper, yet WITHOUT THAT TEACHING it is possible that each year may make a man, not more ripe, but MORE ROTTEN.
Among all sinners the worst are those who have been longest at the trade; and among saints he is not always the best who has lived long enough to grow cold. We have known some exhibit ripeness of experience in their very youth through divine teaching, and by growing on the sunny side of the wall of fellowship; while others who have been far longer on the tree are still sour, because they hang out of the blessed sunlight of the divine presence, in the cool shade of worldliness.
It seems to me that in the Lord’s battle there is always A BABE IN THE FOREFRONT. The child found in the ark of bulrushes crushes the power of Pharaoh; the boy David, Goliath; and the still loftier story of the battle of the Lamb opens in like manner, “Unto us a CHILD is born,” etc. Let us not undervalue the praises or the service of children. That is a sweet vein. “And Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child. In the victory of the Church it is written, “A LITTLE CHILD shall lead them.” [Isa 11:6]
In this conflict the weapons are very singular. “Out of the mouth of babes,” etc. Bring hither that sweet babe. See that little mouth — it challenges a kiss: and note with joy that God may use that little mouth as His conquering weapon against the devil. I have seen many an ancient cannon upon which were moulded in bronze the words, “The last argument of kings.” Yes, but the gracious arguments of the King of kings are sent home by a human mouth, and that of a little child.
THE QUALIFICATION OF THESE CHILD WARRIORS LIES IN THEIR WEAK SIDE. If it lay on the strong side, we should react, “Out of the mouth of men of middle age, in the prime of life; of wise old men, who have had long experience, God ordaineth strength.” But no, it is “Out of the mouths of BABES,” etc. Thus the Lord puts the adversary to a perpetual reproach. He puts a child against His giant foe, and overcomes him.
Our power to serve God lies on our weak side. He uses not our greatness, but our littleness.