“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” [Isaiah 49:15-16, NLT].
What concerns does a newborn baby have but to eat, sleep and poop/pee? Whenever (s)he wants to carry out any of these activities, (s)he simply lets out a cry, sending a loving mother flying from wherever she is to attend to his/her needs. A mother knows the helplessness of a child in taking care of his/her needs, especially at such a tender age. Even without knowing what each type of cry means, once a cry is let out, that is a signal that the baby needs the mother’s attention.
When we become born again, we are like the newborn baby in the loving hands of a Good Good Father. All He asks us to do is to “be crying out for unadulterated spiritual milk to make you grow up to salvation! And so you will, if you have already tasted the goodness of the Lord.” [1 Peter 2:2, Phillips]. Our primary concern is to grow in God’s Word so that we can be healthy and strong in the things of God. That way, when we mature, we are fully aware of our rights and responsibilities; making it difficult for us to be tossed by every wind of doctrine that comes our way. Just as with babies, this means feeding often and at regular times. Typically, newborn babies feed a minimum of 6 times a day, leading to consistency in the intake of nutrients received on a daily basis. Although we may not get to feed on God’s Word on the same basis, the key is to feed on His Word such that we are able to meditate on it day and night.
Secondly, our Good Good Father wants us to rest in Him and in His love. As we feed and grow in His Word, He wants us to rest knowing that He is fully able and capable of proving our every need. The Lord Jesus put it succinctly, “Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Will all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?” [Matthew 6:26-30, TLB]. Newborn babies do not have a care about when their next meal comes from; how it is sourced, prepared, packaged or served. They just know that when they cry for food, food appears for them to be fed to their fill. If the birds of the air and the lilies of the field who are not as valuable as us are cared for, then why do we fret about our day-to-day living? The same God who knows the number of hair on your head, knows who are His own and knows perfectly well how to take care of our needs.
A newborn’s immune system is not as sturdy as an adult’s and therefore can become easily compromised. Therefore, just as a newborn poops/pees regularly, as you grow in the Lord and rest in Him, there are things that would need to be excreted from you; these are the poop/pee of life. There are things which if not removed from a baby’s system can end up serving as toxins; stunting the baby’s growth or leading to death. This is what Apostle Paul meant by strippingg ourselves of things the things that hinder us in our walk with God (Hebrews 12:1) and putting off the old man (Ephesians 4:22-24). With a newborn, this is not a process they think about, but as a consequence of feeding regularly. The more we feed on God’s Word, the easier it is for the things which need to come out, to do so. That way, we are not focused on the wrong things, but rather on the right things, while it works on removing the wrong things from our lives.
Just as a baby cries to get the mother’s attention, we also have been given a “cry” to use to use when we want to call on God; the name of Jesus. God is such a faithful God that if anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13), how much more His own? The name of Jesus is the Christian’s cry to the Father and it is so potent to get the Father’s attention. Your responsibility is not to figure out if God will respond when you use the name of Jesus, just as a newborn doesn’t need to worry about whether or not mom will respond when the cry goes out. What is most important is that you let out that cry when in need, and let the Good Father do His part.
As a mother, it is difficult to ignore the cry of your child no matter how tired or sick you are. If this is the case with us human beings, how much more our Good Good Father; the one who loved us so much that He gave His only begotten son for us. He says that if even human mothers will forget, He God cannot and will not forget us. This is something that even mature Christians need to remind themselves of, from time to time. No matter how much we mature in God, sometimes we need to behave like a newborn baby in the hands of the Good Good Father…