“But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant” (Matthew 21:15 NKJV). Jesus was healing the sick in the temple after He rode into Jerusalem. The kids were all shouting “Hosanna” which in the Hebrew, means “save, we pray.” The religious leaders hated hearing this. They hated Jesus and would soon crucify Him. The children, however, knew Jesus was more than a mere man. In fact, when the chief priests and scribes complained to Jesus, He quoted scripture. “Jesus said to them, Yes. Have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16 NKJV). Jesus quoted Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and infants hast thou ordained strength.” Jesus changed the word strength to praise which aligns itself to the Septuagint version. In another place Jesus is quoted as saying, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants” (Matthew 11:25 NASB). “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15). We often hear the indignation of the religious, but we come as children of God’s amazing grace.
No matter WHAT you are going through, you’ll make it—you’ll get to the other side regardless of the obstacle you face. Psalm 23:4 (ESV) says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Notice the Psalmist says he walks through the valley of the shadow of death. Sometimes the things we encounter in this life can appear to be the end, but notice the word ‘shadow’. Death is NOT there—just a shadow that makes it seem more real than the presence of Jesus going with you through the valley. Recognize today that because you’re IN Jesus, He’s IN you; therefore when you encounter a seeming valley, He’ll take you through it. Keep your eyes on Him because He will lead you. He will comfort you. He will sustain you. You’re going through and you’ll make it just fine.