Toys and Play-Things of the Religious Baby House
“I will feed my flock.”
The only real food of the soul must be of God’s own appointing, preparing, and communicating.
You can never deceive a hungry child. You may give it a plaything but still it cries. It may serve for a few minutes; but the pains of hunger are not to be removed by a doll. A toy horse will not allay the cravings after the mother’s breast.
So with babes in grace. A hungry soul cannot feed upon playthings. Altars, robes, ceremonies, candlesticks, bowings, mutterings, painted windows, intoning priests, and singing men and women; these dolls and wooden horses; these toys and playthings of the religious baby house, cannot feed the soul that, like David, cries out after the living God (Psalm 42:23).
Christ, the bread of life, the manna that came down from heaven, is the only food of the believing soul (John 6:51).
By J.C. Philpot