“…anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
When I used to listen to someone preach or read about having faith like a child, I would automatically assume that meant having faith in God without thinking too much about it or having any questions. Just perfect, quiet trust.
Since having my two little ones, Isabella (three) and Sammy (two) my thoughts on having faith like a child have changed big time!
I see (and hear) how my children look to my husband and I in faith and how it mirrors the faith my heavenly Father wants me to have in Him:
1. Our little ones become scared at times, really scared, and cry out for us.
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out “Abba, Father.”
2. They do not obey us and do not listen to us at time (sometimes, a lot!), but respond to discipline.
“My Son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.”
3. My children tell me: “wait for me, Momma,” “don’t forget me, Momma.”
(as if I would and our Abba Father does not forget us either).
Psalms 13 chronicles David’s cries of feeling forgotten by God.
In Isaiah 49:14-16, God responds to us when we feel forgotten by Him:
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.”
4. They badger me and badger me for what they want!
The parable of the neighbor seeking help at midnight (Luke 11) and the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18) give us great examples of repetitively petitioning our heavenly Father. How he wants us to bug Him about stuff!
“ If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
“ And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? “
5. They are bold to ask me for just about anything they want!
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
6. They want us around all the time.
“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?”
7. They know who their Daddy is.
John 10:2 tells us: “he calls his own sheep by name and he leads them out.”
John 10:27 says “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.”
Our Father knows we struggle sometimes as parents and that we have faith struggles as His children as well. We are weak and his power is made perfect in that weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
My daughter, Isabella (three years old) after I have disciplined for disobeying, often asks me if I am going to “tell Daddy?” Daddy offers no more discipline than I do, but she does not want him to be disappointed by her behavior. We hide from our Abba Father sometimes in fear after disobeying Him, but he promises to wash away our sin and make us whiter than snow when we come to him (Isaiah 1:18). He does not condemn us because His son Jesus Christ took all of our condemnation for us! (Romans 8:1, 1 Peter 3:18)
I am thankful for the grace the Father constantly bestows on me as a parent and as His child. Amazing Grace! My children are my arrows (Psalm 127:4), and God has placed them in my quiver and bow to teach me to fight the lies of the enemy and also to teach me more about who He is.
My list about how our children look to us in faith mirroring how God wants us to have faith like a child is not exhaustive. Do you have any thoughts on having faith like a child that you would like to add? I would love for you to do so!