“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:4
Child like faith is not knowing anything different other that knowing. When you see a child running to you, smiling from ear to ear and jumps in your arms, they know you are going to catch them. They can’t even imagine you not catching them. Sometimes you may turn and run a little ways to get them to chase you…but they know you are going to turn around and catch them at any moment. Then sometimes you run toward them and catch them sooner than they expected. No matter the circumstances they know you are going to catch them.
Jesus said in Matthew 13:13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” A parable is a story that teaches a lesson. Jesus wants us to know Him in our hearts not by what we see or hear. When we read the parables of Jesus without Jesus in our hearts our spiritual eyes are closed and our spiritual ears are hard of hearing. This is why we start with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accepting Him in our hearts as our Saviour. It is impossible to receive the spiritual knowledge of Jesus without Jesus; anything else is carnal knowledge.
Child like faith only comes with spiritual knowledge. Spiritual knowledge only comes through the Word of God with Jesus in our heart . The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He guides us to the Truth of God’s heart. When God begins to unveil His heart to us, child like faith is the side effect. The knowing that He will be there to catch us. The knowing that He may make us chase Him a little ways in order to stretch us to a new and even greater measure of faith but He will always turn around and catch us before we give out. Even if we stumble while we’re running, He will come pick us up to try again.
Don’t be afraid of stumbling. We’re not perfect, only Jesus is perfect. If and when we do stumble, look up to the unseen Hand of God with child like faith. Don’t limit the Lord with the carnal limits of your imagination. Believe in Him for the big things. Allow the Word of God to define you with spiritual wisdom and don’t try to define His Word with carnal knowledge. When “life happens” remember the God in Whom we as Christians have dedicated our life to serve; remember your child like faith. – Donna Warren