• Kate Clinton

Faith Like a Child, Not a Teenager

We have 4 children. 3 boys and 1 girl. Each with their different gifts, personalities, likes and dislikes. They range in age from 6-16, but I remember noticing something about them when they were young. They had a childlike faith. Of course, they had it then because they were actually children.

I would say “Come on, time to get in the car!” and they would follow me without any questions. They would just get in and trust me.
No....“Where are we going?" “Do we have enough gas?” “What if you wreck?”
When they were sick, I would get the right medicine for whatever ailment they had and measure the correct dosage for their age and say “Here, take this.” And they did. Because they trusted me.
No....“What kind of medicine is this?” “Did you measure it correctly?” “Will it interact with the lollipop I just ate?”
When it was time to eat, I would cook the food, plate it up and serve it to them. And they would eat it. Because they trusted me.
No....“Did you check the internal temperature of this chicken before you gave it to me?” “Is this beef from a cow shot up with steroids?” “Did you properly wash this broccoli to get rid of any contaminants?”

Jesus calls us to have a childlike faith in Matthew 18:3. He was answering a question from a follower who asked “Who is the greatest in God's kingdom?” Jesus answered, “The truth is, you must change your thinking and become like little children.” Verse 4 goes on to say,  “The greatest person in God's kingdom is the one who makes himself humble like this child.”
Notice, it doesn't say, “Have faith like a teenager.” As my children have gotten older, their childlike faith in me and people in general has been affected by the world we live in and the experiences they have had. They ask more questions and have more doubt. They always seem to want to know the plan and double check everything I do. Because if you don't already know, a teenager becomes smarter than their parents when they turn 13.
You tell a teenager it's time to get in the car and they ask a zillion questions....
“Where are we going?”
“Am I properly dressed for this outing?”
“This isn't like last time when you told us we could get a surprise at Target and that surprise ended up being the flu shot, is it?”
Give a teenager some medicine and they will check to see if it's properly measured to the exact mL. Give them some food and they will be 100% sure to act like a health inspector and check to see if the chicken is fully cooked. Or there is a weird object in their corn that resembles an insect leg. Because they carefully inspect their food.
Don't we tend to act like teenagers with our faith in Jesus instead of a little child? We feel God is leading us to something out of our comfort zone and we ask a zillion questions because we aren't sure it's really the best plan for us. We are met with a health concern and instead of immediate trust in Him, we assume the very worse and try to convince God we already know the outcome. God supplies our needs for the day and instead of noticing we start asking if and how He will provide for tomorrow. Jesus calls us to have a childlike faith in Him that is 100% sure He is good, just, loving and that His plan is best. Not a teenager type faith that questions His every move. Start seeing God through a child's eye today. After all, He is 100% trustworthy.
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