Written By: Patti Miller
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Children, especially when they are infants and toddlers, try something new every day. Sometimes they try over and over before they accomplish the task they set out to do. When they are infants, the smallest things they do amaze us. Then as they become toddlers, they develop more challenging skills. They often don’t succeed on the first or second try. They don’t give up on learning how to crawl or walk just because it’s not working out for them, or because it’s too hard. They may get discouraged or upset, but they try again and again. They have faith that if they keep at it, something will happen. They have faith that adults in their life will help them when they need it. We will be there to encourage them. God created us from the very beginning to have faith.
“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
We need to be like toddlers, excited to learn new things. Stepping out in faith and trusting that Christ is there to pick us up when we fall. As adults, we like to analyze things and come up with a plan on how to succeed. But Christ wants us to trust Him, to have faith.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
How many times has God asked us to do something that seemed too hard, and we want to give up? How many times do we question or think, “this is too big of a task for me to do”? We lack faith. Like the infant who gets discouraged or upset, we need to remember with Christ – nothing is impossible. We are not alone in this walk, which can sometimes feel like a crawl in life. Christ is there at every moment. We may not see Him, feel Him, or hear Him. But have faith and know God is a God of His word.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
“…and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
The Bible tells us to have faith like a child. Children have innocent faith. Infants and toddlers have faith they will be taken care of. They do not analyze how it is going to happen. They have faith that if it was taken care of once, it would be taken care of again. Pray, read God’s Word, fellowship with others, and step out of your comfort zone. Trust that God’s Word is true. Stop overanalyzing how it’s possible. Have faith.
“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Written By: Patti Miller