“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” ~ Mark 10:15
Little children seem to have no fear. Many years ago, I was helping our youth group check hats and coats at a local bowling event. During the middle of the event, not much was happening at our table. So a little girl from church whom I had befriended climbed onto the table. I held out my arms and she jumped in. Before long she was running from one end of the table and leaping into my arms as I stood further and further away. Why? Because she trusted me; she knew that I would catch her and not let her fall.
More recently I’ve watched my grandchildren jump into my arms, even while I’m standing in the deep end of the pool. Even better, ever watch little children sleep? Most of the time, they sleep so peacefully and so long. Why? They have no worries, cares or concerns. Their parents take care of all of the details and the children let them do it.
The kingdom of God belongs to those who trust God like a little child trusts a loving parent. We don’t need to have it all figured out; that’s God’s job. Our loving God has accomplished our salvation for us. He has opened the way to heaven for us through the gift of his Son, Jesus. We don’t need to wonder if God loves us sinners and if we’re forgiven.
Our caring Good Shepherd has promised to provide for all our daily needs, so we don’t need to sweat that either. Our wise and almighty Lord has even promised to make everything work for our good. So we don’t need to question him and wonder if he knows what he is doing in our lives.
We don’t need to worry about the “what ifs” of life and the bad things that could happen. God assures us that he will not let us down. He promises us that he is always with us and nothing can separate us from him and his loving blessings, not now, not ever. Jesus, and his life and death for us, is all the proof we need.
So trust him. Jump into those big, loving, mighty arms of God. He won’t let you fall. Some people call this type of faith childish and foolish. Jesus Christ calls it childlike and essential.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for loving me. Instill in me a childlike faith to simply believe that I am your child and that you will never stop loving me, not this day, or any day. Amen.