Friday, September 6, 2019

Childlike Faith

6 September

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.”   (Mt 19:14; NCV)

Children are great, and Jesus said we need to be more like them in our faith.  Children believe without trying to analyze everything; they have never seen the Easter Bunny, but they know he's real.  That is until they reach a certain age then things change.  When they are young, they believe their parents can solve any problem they have, that their parents are the wealthiest people on earth, that their dad is stronger and can "whip" any other dad on the block, and their understanding of God and his will in our lives is without blemish.

One of our sons, even at an early age, was a great thinker, you could see the wheels turning in his head at times as he pondered the mysteries of life.  At the age of about 4, while at the dinner table one night, we could see those wheels turning and we waited for the words of wisdom that would flow from our son.  We had fried chicken that night, and he was contemplating his chicken. Finally, he spoke up and said, "I know why God made chicken bones."  Jonie and I were almost afraid to find out why, but we asked, "Why did God make chicken bones?"  And with a very thoughtful look on his face, he gave us this answer, "So when you are eating chicken and you fall asleep, your teeth will hit the bone and wake you up!"  How can you argue with that logic?

We say children have a simple faith, they trust too easily.  But isn't that what we are called to do?  To have faith in God and believe that he will be there, just like he said.  We like to make things really hard instead of looking at them the way they really are.  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  It sounds simple enough for me!

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