The Faith of a Child

Jesus said we need to have the faith of a child…

Matt 19:14  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Mark 10:15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

Matt 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God

One year as a counsellor at a summer camp I was struck on how the simple faith of a child can be so powerful… the story goes that a girl had come to camp.  Her mother had passed away and her father was very bitter to God about it. After the camp, the girl came home, hugged and kissed her father and said, I love you daddy and God loves you skipped away. The father decided he would prove to her that God didn’t exist. He read book after book – and in the end, he found God – all because the faith of a child had said God loves you.

GOD LOVES YOU

 

So in this enlightened world – what does the faith of a child look like? As a young girl, my father was the bravest, strongest, smartest man on earth. He could fix anything – a broken toy or put up a swing set for me in the backyard – he would wrestle with me – played horse with me went swimming with me… he was my superman… and anytime I had anything that needed fixing I would simply take it to him knowing he would be able to fix it… I had no doubt…

God is far beyond anything I ever believed my earthly father could do…

In the Bible there are references to children – let children come to me – don’t hinder them, receive the gift of heaven like a child – a simple gift…

Bedtime prayers – not just the Now I lay me down to sleep… the cute ones of God bless my friend Jan who fell and scraped her knee today, God bless the dog and stop him from digging holes in the backyard, God bless Uncle Charlie as he doesn’t come to church, God bless my snails I collected today because I want to take them to show and tell tomorrow…

Those few words – with such faith… and we know this faith:

Matthew 7:9-10  “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?”

With mental health – it’s scary – it’s not just other people that you need to make sure you can trust – it’s also yourself… Sometimes we can think we have the “correct solution” – like we feel better and decide to go off our medications… or we know there is no “hope” and suicide seems to be the only way… we hibernate because we are “safe”…

Who can we trust? God – God is infallible – He is truth… He is life and he is hope – He is LOVE… when you’re on your back at the very bottom there are only 2 options – look up and see God – or look away – sometimes permanently…

If the choice is to look up, chances are it won’t be a quick flash of light and everything is perfect – there is no such thing as a perfect life – except the Life that paid it all… looking up isn’t the time to argue doctrine or semantics – it’s a time for childlike faith – our heads are so full of racing thoughts – thoughts to pull us into permanent oblivion… it’s a simple faith that can help us get back to where the light shines brighter…

Everyone has heard that all the things we really need to know in life are what we learned in kindergarten…kindergarten

I think these rules along with simple childlike faith of asking God for something really is essential…

 

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