"Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:2-4 NLT
Meet Micah. He's a happy fifteen-month-old boy, just starting to master the art of walking backwards and getting into trouble. His latest fascination is doors and cabinets, and tupperware is the ultimate good time. He has it good. I mean, his only concerns are shots, vegetables and bedtime. He doesn't have to work for a living, he doesn't know what money or bills are, and he's oblivious to the perils of our fallen world. All Micah knows is that mommy and daddy will take care of him.
God brought Micah's simple trust to my attention this past week, while I was struggling with the approach of yet another storm. I'm not talking about the rain, wind and thunder kind. (Although we'd love some of that here in Texas.) I'm talking about the fun character-shaping challenges that life is always throwing at us. I once heard someone say, "if you're not in a storm, you're headed for one". How true. If it's not one thing, it's another. And it will always be that way until Jesus returns to make the world right again.
Shamefully, I realized how un-childlike I have become. The whole reason I was grumbling about the approaching "storm" was because I like to understand how things are going to be taken care of. I want the comfort of knowing when, what, where, how, and why. I don't want to "live by faith". But, oh wait - that's what we're called to do as Christ's followers... Boy, do I have some work to do!
How do we as knowledgeable grown-ups return to a simple, child-like faith in our heavenly Father? It's not like we can go back to being ignorant of what it takes to live in this world. How do we make ourselves stop worrying about the things that we need, and let the Father worry about them?
I'm imaging a four-year-old boy with his eye on a toy truck for Christmas. He points at the truck. "Daddy, I want that for Christmas!"
His daddy smiles down at him. "If that's what you want for Christmas, then that's what you will get."
The little boy smiles contentedly, and holds his daddy's hand as they leave the toy store. He doesn't understand that his daddy is struggling to make ends meet because he is unemployed. He doesn't understand that the car payment and rent is far more important than what he wants for Christmas. He is oblivious to the real dilemma of how his daddy is going to afford that truck. All he knows is, Daddy said that he would get it for Christmas. And he believes his daddy.
That's the kind of child-like faith God wants us to have in Him. Unconcerned about how its going happen, only assured that it will happen. We can get this kind of faith by soaking in the Word. By dwelling and meditating on God's promises until we believe them. I mean, REALLY believe them - like a little boy would believe his daddy.
Matthew 6: 25-34 - Don't worry about your daily needs. Instead, make the Father's kingdom your business and He will take care of yours. Take one day at time.
Matthew 7: 7-11 - When your children approach you for something that they need or want, you don't mock their requests with useless or terrible gifts. God won't either.
Romans 8: 32 - God did not even spare His only Son in saving us! So what good thing is He going to hold back from us?
Philippians 4: 6-7 - Pray about it instead of worrying about it, and pray with a thankful heart in all circumstances. Then God's peace will chase your anxiety away.
Philippians 4: 19 - God will meet all your needs in proportion to His magnificent riches in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 4: 16 - Let us approach the throne of our wonderful God with confidence, and receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.
1 Peter 5: 7 - God loves you, so give your worries and cares to Him.
1 John 5: 14-15 - If we ask for anything that God would be pleased to give us, He hears us. And if He hears us, we will have whatever we've asked for.