There are so many phrases and sayings that are thrown around in the Christian circle and culture. Sometimes just like with anything we use these phrases and sayings so often that we truly forget the beauty associated with them.
“Oh, you need to make sure you have a childlike faith with God“. Childlike faith with God is one of these phrases that we’ve tossed around so much that it’s like a worn out football. if we dive deeper into this phrase we find that it holds truth and goodness. It holds beauty.
Jesus desires our lives with him to be like. a. child.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives me.”
WOW! that’s actually a lot to process at one time. often times we actually only associate childlike faith with God to mean dependency on God, right? Children depend on their parents. But what about the other half?
When you think of the nature of a child what comes to mind? kids ask why, kids ask how, kids say can you explain, kids say I don’t understand. They carry questions, doubts, and are willing to admit they don’t understand or need it explained. They worry about the tiny things in life. Things you and I probably wouldn’t even focus on. They are curious and always wanting new knowledge.
What God desires for us in our faith is to vocally express our doubts and concerns to Him, such as that of a child. But fear and doubt are supposed to be what the enemy uses against us, right? Wrong.
We are allowed to ask questions. We are allowed to doubt. We are allowed to ask for explanations. We are allowed to ask how. We are allowed to take those fears and doubts and form they into questions and vocalize them to God.
You see, it’s when we allow these fears and doubts to go unvocalized, unexpressed and allow them to fester in the back of our minds that the enemy uses them as seeds for temptation and sin.
It’s okay to have fears and doubts. It’s natural. We all have fears and doubts. Let’s not suppress them or dismiss someone’s fears or doubts. There is so much freedom found in asking, admitting we don’t understand, admitting we need God’s help, and asking how things work. It’s okay to be curious and have questions. God wants you to vocalize the questions, doubts, understand, explain it to me please, I need helps, etc. He wants to hear it all.
Let’s all strive to dive deeper into this childlike faith with God where we ask why, how, when, idk, can you explain. Let’s dive deeper into being more vocal with what makes us doubt and what scares us.
Let’s be children in Christ.