We can be encouraged by the faith of children. They brought encouragement to Jesus as He wrestled the forces of darkness. After He rode on a colt into Jerusalem and entered the temple, the children shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” (Matthew 21:15). When the religious leaders heard them, “they were indignant” (v.15). I can just picture their arrogance as they put the blame on Jesus: “Do You hear what these are saying?” (v.16).
Of course Jesus had heard them, and He was encouraged. Their young voices ministered to Him during a crucial time. Their cries of praise countered the slanderous attacks of His enemies.
Jesus was in the midst of an intense spiritual battle. Deep in enemy territory, He was opposed by the religious leaders and under attack by satanic foes. The faith and words of these children were a sharp contrast to the insidious voices of the enemies, and their praise supported Him on His way to the cross.
When we are burdened by troubles or oppressed by the enemy, it might help us to spend some time with children who know who Jesus is. As we hear of their simple trust in the Lord, our faith can be renewed.
We can learn a lot from the faith of a child.
God, give me the faith of a little child!
A faith that will look to Thee—
That never will falter and never fail,
But follow Thee trustingly. —Showerman
Faith shines brightest in a childlike heart.