The Faith Of A Child
by Stephanie Olson, Co-Founder Set Me Free Ministries
"[Jesus said], 'Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.' Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them." (Mark 10:14-16)
The faith of a child. Have you ever heard that expression? Why are we called to have the faith of a child? Maybe we can gain some insight from something my daughter wrote:
Hi, I'm Noel. I'm 10 years old and I'm in the fourth
grade. I'm writing about how much God has helped
me in my life.
In my room up on a shelf is a trophy, a medal, and a
rosette/ribbon. The very first honor I received was
the trophy. It was a shiny violet color with stripes of
gold. I got that trophy at a music festival and
that's where God comes into the story.
As I walked into the room to play my piano piece, I
was nervous. I had never done anything like this
before. But God said He would help me. I sat down
on the bench and placed my fingers on the keys. As
I was playing God helped me. I felt His peace all
around me. After the song was done, I got the
highest score and a trophy! All thanks to God.
God has helped me many other times, but I just
wanted to share one story.
That's the faith of a child. She knew God was with her at all times. And He was. But what does a child have that we don't always attain? Trust and awe.
Trust — Have you ever witnessed a very young child, perhaps your own, practically throw himself out of a parent's arms while being held? Or hold on tight to a parent's leg in a crowded room because they're too shy to venture out? That's trust. The trust that children have for their parents in a healthy relationship exceeds all bounds. They don't even question that Mommy or Daddy will take care of them at all times. It would never occur to them that their parents would hurt them, because they understand they are loved. That's all they know.
Awe — Children walk around this big, beautiful world in awe and wonder so much of their young lives. The first time they eat ice cream. The first time they walk through a zoo. The first time they see a movie on the big screen. Just watch a child's firsts. Her eyes get huge and filled with awe. Her mouth drops open, and she is mesmerized by what she is viewing. It's wonderful to see.
Just like a child, God wants us to come to Him with the same kind of trust and awe. When we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God (John 1:12). I know not all of you have had a good relationship with your parents. I know not all of you were able to trust those who most certainly should have been trustworthy. But let me assure you that our God is a God you can trust.
Psalms 91 tells us, "Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him…. The Lord says, 'I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.'"
God wants the best for us. He sees the big picture that we might not see. Like a child, we have to trust that He knows what He's doing. And as that God who knows what He's doing—the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Creator of the universe—He deserves our respect, reverence, and awe. He is a God of Sovereignty and Holiness; yet, that same God that created the universe loves you. That knowledge makes my eyes get huge and filled with wonder. That kind of knowledge makes my mouth drop wide open. We have a God who loves us so much that He provided the only way to salvation for us. Jesus Christ. And when we come to Him with the faith of a child, we will enter the Kingdom of God. Now, that's some trophy!