Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
My niece was conveying the fact the other day that her daughter, Avery, despite being over a year old and having a well established toddler vocabulary, has yet to repeat the word “Mommy.” She says ‘stuck’, ‘down’, ‘poba’ for Popsicle, ‘ba’ for bottle, and many other words, and when she does she gets rewarded for it…she gets let out of her high chair and put down on the ground so she can walk around freely, or she gets a Popsicle or her bottle.
But my niece is right, I don’t hear Avery call for her Mama.
Babies learn by repetition. Have you ever just sat and observed a baby as it’s learning to say Mama?
The first thing that happens is the Father or Mother will repeat the word to the baby, “Mama. Say Mama!” The baby will observe and then, if ready, will try it. They get their lips moving apart, and then they practice with the sound, m…m…m…ma…ma…maa….ma…m…ma….m….mam…mama…mamamama and they continue on this way for minutes….mamamamamamama. Just repeating the name for their parent over and over.
Can you picture it?
Unless you become like a little child you will never enter the kingdom of God.
We learn by repetition.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation… 1 Peter 2:2
My husband said to me this morning concerning God, “How can they believe if they don’t hear (about their Father’s) His name?” How simple! I think babies learning to speak their parent’s name makes for a great metaphor for our relationship with our heavenly Father.
God makes sure we hear his name.
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Hebrews 4:2
The sad thing is most people never practice it or repeat it.
But for those who do there is a great reward.
O LORD, my heart is not conceited. My eyes do not look down on others. I am not involved in things too big or too difficult for me. Instead, I have kept my soul calm and quiet. My soul is content as a weaned child is content in its mother’s arms.Israel,(____insert your name here) put your hope in the LORD now and forever. Psalm 131
I went and did a search on Blue Letter Bible.com for “mother Jerusalem”. I got a list of verses from 1 and 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles of all of the Kings who reigned in Jerusalem AND their mothers. I thought that was interesting. I think I will continue to study this Father /Mother/Daughter connection.
But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. Galatians 4:26
Heavenly Father, I cannot thank you enough for my earthly spiritual Father who asked me the most important question of my life, “Who was Jesus? He was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.” Thank you for sending that man into my life to point me to you. You are the best Dad ever. Thank you for helping me learn to say your name. Use me to help others learn to say your name, too, so that we may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.