As Little Children

I’m enjoying my extended visit to Michigan. It’s always good to reconnect and spend time with family.  Last week, I attended my nephew’s end-of-year recital.  I watched in amusement as he, along with his fellow classmates, performed nursery rhymes for proud parents and teachers alike.  They sang, clapped, and stomped to the beat of the music.  How adorable! Children are truly a gift from God.  They’re excellent teachers too.  Have you ever spent time simply observing children?  They’re carefree.  They simply believe.  If you have children of your own, you probably know this already.  If you promise them something like taking them to their favorite park, treating them to ice cream or purchasing a toy they’ve had their eye  on, they fully expect you to do what you say.

As I reflect on my nephew’s performance, I’m reminded of God’s Word that says, “become as little children”.  As adults, we’re to believe the Word of God just like children.  We’re to believe like that group of singing 2-year-olds that brought so much joy to their parents as they performed.  Admittedly, that can be a hard act to follow.  As adults, we become jaded by life’s disappointments and failures.  Sometimes, it’s hard to believe when there’s no earthly evidence that what we’re hoping for will ever come to pass.  That’s why we need faith.  And I suspect that’s why God instructs us to believe like children. He knew that life would throw a few curve balls.  Enough to make even the most seasoned Saint doubt the Word of God at times.  If we’re honest with ourselves, I suspect that we’ve all had moments wherein we wondered if God would come through, yet again.  I have.  And I’ve had to humbly repent and ask for forgiveness for doubting the Almighty God.  He has never failed me.  There is no ask that’s too big for God.  As a child of God, you can come to Him fully expecting that His promises will come to pass in your life.  He is faithful, even when we are not.


Meditate on this:  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name received me.” — Matthew 18:3-5


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