Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
We often think God should act immediately. We have visions of how He should put people to shame when they commit evil, or do wrong.
Who hasn’t been treated unfairly, or been wrongfully accused? Which of us has not had our pride stepped on or our feelings dragged through the mud?
In those instances, we might cry out and expect God to reveal Himself in a show of force.
But our understanding is like a small child’s compared to a wise parent. Our sense of justice amounts to a sneering face with a protruding tongue directed at the offending party.
God, on the other hand, works in ways that seem slow to us. They seem long in arriving, as if God uses ancient sea vessels to deliver His goods when there are jet planes available!
Often, we fail to see our own guilt and should pray, along with the Psalmist for God to point out our faults and judge us.
Ultimately, we rest on God’s given righteousness, not our own. We don’t have any righteousness to claim.
Our trust is in God, but also in His timing. Our faith rests in His strength, which is established from the mouth of infants. God defeats His foes with babies, not grizzled warriors.
Specifically, God defeated the great foe, Sin, through one baby, Jesus. Our savior was born to a poor couple–outcasts on a weary road, holed up in a stable. No guards to protect this tender life. No supernatural show of force. Just a warning from an angel and a long, arduous journey to Egypt, away from home and family. Just a looming threat of a mad king who murdered hundreds of babies in Israel to wipe out the Messiah.
God is not mocked. And He doesn’t act according to the wisdom of His creatures. We need to trust His strength … which is established in what we’d consider foolishness.