“A simple, childlike faith in a Divine Friend solves all the problems that come to us by land or sea.”
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to make spiritual things complicated. If I’m honest, it stems from a lack of love of myself, a lack of real belief of God, and a mindset that salvation and Love come by earning (which is opposite from truth).
In and out of seasons of life, I find a call to childlike faith beckoning me. Convicting, directing, challenging me.
This call makes sense, because of these words…
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10
As a mature adult from a worldly perspective, I am pretty self sufficient. I am blessed with a job so that I have money to buy what I need. I have my health. I have a wonderful husband who I love and adore. But the key word there is “worldly.”
The truest of realities of life is that God is my provider, and Jesus is the reason I am acceptable to God (Colossians 1:22) Jesus is the Way to God, my connection to God. I’m dependent on the Lord — He cares for me, pays attention to me, loves and protects me, challenges me, continually washes me clean, makes me whole, etc. Salvation has nothing to do with my achievements or failures, and everything to do with God Himself — His mercy — and the sacrifice of His Son so that I might be saved. Eternally saved, loved, and fre
It’s simple. Yet I let the world, and my flesh, snowball the simple into complex.
I don’t want my faith, my personal and intimate relationship with God, to be affected and infected by letting it get complicated. I want to cling to and stand rooted in the simple truths of God. I want to stop putting so much pressure on myself, letting Christ’s work on the cross, and God’s good and holy nature be enough… because it is. Like Jesus said, It is finished.
“The response of the natural to the spiritual should be continuous conversion, but this is where we so often refuse to be obedient. No matter what our situation is, the Spirit of God remains unchanged and His salvation unaltered.” O. Chambers
Thankfully, my Heavenly Father has reminded me once again what faith looks like. It’s not in myself, it’s in Him. Him and all He is.
Simple, like a child.
Let all of life spring from the well.