While the Bible doesn’t specifically mention “childlike faith” today I want to talk about what Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 18:1-4.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and set him before them, and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (AMP)
Jesus said that we need to repent of our old way of thinking and become like children. I love how the Amplified Bible clarifies it by saying that we need to be trusting, humble, and forgiving. You see, it is from this Scripture that we take the term “childlike faith” because children have a faith that adults no longer possess.
When I was a child I remember that if my parents told me they were going to do something, I didn’t doubt them. Doubt never even entered my thoughts. If mom said we were going to Toys-R-Us the next day, I didn’t worry about it the day before, wonder if I heard my mom right, constantly asking her if we were indeed going to Toys-R-Us, if maybe I heard her wrong, losing sleep that night because maybe she would change her mind the next day.
My dad was our sole financial provider and I never once worried if I would have enough food or a roof over my head or clothes to wear. Again, the thought never even entered my mind. I didn’t constantly go to my dad and ask him if he was going to provide, if I should do something different so he would provide or provide more, if maybe I was a bad child and that’s why I couldn’t get everything I wanted. I didn’t question my dad. I fully trusted that he would take care of mom and I. I didn’t even ask him how, when, why, or where. I just knew that he would.
That is how God wants us to be as His children. My parents are awesome people but they are still human and imperfect. They made mistakes just as we all do every day. But God is perfect and He never makes a mistake. If I trusted my parents so completely as a child, and they never did fail me, how can I not trust my Heavenly Father who has a lot more power and resources than my parents could even dream of? And yet, I still find myself struggling with doubt, anxiety, and fear every day.
As we get older, whether we had good or bad parents, we all lose that implicit trust. Logically there were probably good reasons for us to lose trust in others. Maybe your parents were abusive, or a friend or relative would make promises they never kept, or people disappointed you or used you. And I don’t think we should implicitly trust any human being because that’s too much pressure to put on someone. But we should have that childlike faith in God. He is perfect, He never makes mistakes, He still performs miracles, He promises to always provide, He even promises to lead and guide our every step if we pursue Him and His will for our lives.
I admit that I’ve been disappointed when God hasn’t done something in the time I wanted it done. But I need to realize, and if you’ve felt this way than you do too, that it isn’t God disappointing me, it’s my expectations of what God should or shouldn’t do, and when, that has let me down. That’s why it’s important that I just trust God completely, just as a child trusts his or her parents, and not allow doubt to even enter my mind.
Is that possible? With man, no, it isn’t possible. But with God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26)! The more time I spend with the Lord, the more I seek His face, the more I change my thought-life and my words, the more I can and will trust God fully and completely with that childlike faith.
So, when you start to hear those thoughts of doubt immediately rebuke them and say, “No, I trust God!” Speak words of faith and belief out loud. When we do this we can have childlike faith and trust in God the way He wants us to. That kind of faith and trust is how God works miracles and pours out great blessings in us and through us. So, I challenge myself and you, my dear reader, today to walk in childlike faith!
Have an awesome work week!