Mark 10:13-16 says, “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
I had often questioned what it meant to be childlike until one afternoon a few years ago that I had an extremely rough day. I remember crying and praying, “God, I know You can do anything, why is my fear so much louder than my faith?” And then I remembered that I had forgotten again. The God who has delivered me from so, so much will surely do it again. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). His love does not run out. (Romans 8:37-39 and Psalm 136).
Believe me, dear friends, when I tell you that you are not taking a risk by trusting Him. You are taking a risk by not trusting Him. How many times have I chosen fear over faith? What would my life look like if I just trusted? I think it would look more like my children’s. They don’t question whether I’ll have food on the table for them. They don’t ask me whether or not I love them. They don’t question whether or not they have clothes fortunately. They know on a fundamental level, without even thinking about it, that my provision and love is constant as the sun setting in the west. Without fail I will provide for them, take care of them, give them shelter, calm their fears, and love them no matter what. Faith.
Our relationship with the Father is just like that, regardless of how we feel, or how much fear we hold onto. He never changes. If you feel like God is far away, or if you feel that your problem is just insurmountable, that is how you feel. Human beings are fickle creatures. We have mood swings and we get scared. God is steadfast.
Some days we will be sad, anxious, or upset, and our faith may indeed become small. If that happens, it’s so important to will our souls to remember everything He has done for us, and rest in the fact that if he can do it once he can do it again.
How can you have a childlike faith? Is there something in the way of you trusting God totally with your whole heart? If so, make that a focal point of your personal prayer time with the Lord and ask Him to remove all distractions and hindrances keeping you from the freedom that trusting in Him brings.