How would my life be any different if my faith was like that of a child?
Would I be bolder in some areas of ministry, perhaps?
Would I pray more?
Would I love better?
Would I forgive quicker?
At what point in life, or our walk with the Lord even, do we communicate to God, by our thoughts and actions, that we do not trust Him like we say we do? It's somewhere between the heartbreaks and the new responsibilities. Instead of fixing our eyes on things of eternal value, we focus on the "here and now." Understandable. Typical. But not acceptable. In Christianity "good enough" isn't good enough. God wants all of us, not head first, not feet first, but faith first. Every single part of our being, good and bad, is sought by the Almighty to serve Him and bring Him glory. That thought should terrify us with an epiphany that will bring us to our knees before the Father once more.
Why must be complicate things in such a way that we do become self-focused and we mistake it for the fear of the Lord the Bible speaks of? I'm guilty.
This precious princess didn't condemn herself for not praying. She even said, "but that's ok." I've spoken with her and she's aware that she should pray. She is also aware that she can go to her Heavenly Father for forgiveness and fellowship. The simple way she shared her answer for fighting with her cousins (talking) is humbling. I find myself to be the student often when speaking with children. My own son's prayers shed light on my heart's condition when he asks God for something so simple and is overjoyed when he sees his prayer answered. I practically want to slap myself for ever getting frustrated at his long prayers when it's past his bedtime and I have work to do.
Faith like a child. Simple, trusting, beautiful, unshaken, and real.
I am guilty of being double minded like the book of James warns us not be in the first chapter. It says we shouldn't expect to receive anything from God if our loyalty is divided between God and the world. If the God in our head isn't big enough to handle our lives, then we don't worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We've made up our own God- one who is not capable of handling our problems. That's not MY God. My God is able and mighty. My God is clothed in majesty and strength. My God is the Great I AM, the Holy One, the only One... May our troubled hearts remember and rejoice in that in good times and in bad.
God Bless us and guard our hearts, minds, and mouths! May we live with a faith God wants us to have; that of a child.