“Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13-14
As a child I firmly believed that the Lord was more than capable of taking care of anything. Every day I felt incredibly close to Him and had no doubt in my mind that He was there with me. I would pray constantly and always felt as if I were in an ongoing conversation with the Lord.
Unfortunately, as is so common when growing up, I felt more distant from Him as my problems grew seemingly larger. I began to doubt the Lord’s provision and speaking to Him about my issues was not always my first reaction when a problem arose. I let distractions hinder me from truly coming to Christ with child-like faith. It isn’t often that we use the way we acted as children as a model for how we should act as adults, but when faith is concerned, the Lord wants us to be childlike. Remembering to approach the Lord as children is exactly what we need to strive towards. The faith of a child is pure and all-trusting, and this is what our Lord desires from us.
It can be discouraging to realize how near to the Lord I once felt and how much I struggle now to keep my eyes fixed on Him, but I feel that those childhood memories can be encouraging rather than discouraging. It is a beautiful thing to realize that it is not God who changes over time, it is us. The same God that was so close to me as a child is still ever-present even during my seemingly impossible adulthood problems. How sweet it is to fully surrender to Him in childlike faith and to believe that He has everything under control! That surrender and the peace that comes with it is my prayer for each of us today.
What is one problem in your life that you can work on fully surrendering to the Lord? Day Two
What is one child-like quality that you miss having now that you are an adult?
How does constantly speaking to the Lord throughout the day keep our eyes fixed on Him and not on our own worries?