Genesis 21:17 “And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.”
Does God hear the voice of children?
Well, He heard Ishmael. He was but a few years old and yet, God listened to him, heard and answered before engaging with Hagar, his mother.
Jesus, while on the earth, loved the little ones.
Luke 18:16-17 “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
It is the childlike heart that is at interest. It is the essential need of every soul to be like that of a child. Childlike faith trusts fully, wholly, and implicitly. They will jump and not consider the fear, or danger. They will follow without reservation. They are naive, innocent and pure.
A child does not need to have an adult experience. Every adult must have a childlike experience with God. We bring so much baggage. Doubt, fear and worry are at the edge waiting to be let in.
Would to God we could all be as those little ones, gathered at Jesus’ feet. Drinking in the moment with awe and wonder! Living for the pure joy of His presence. Desiring the touch of the Savior. Feeling the love and laughter that comes so easily to a child!
May us adults, release ourselves from the bondage of adult expectations, and experience God in such a way as to be immersed in the joy of His presence!