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A Childlike Faith (by Sarah Focht)

(Editor's note: Please join us in welcoming Sarah Focht into our Inner Beauty Blog family! Sarah & I went to Florida College together, and have stayed in touch through social media ever since. She has an amazing way with words & photos. Some of the content she will be sharing with us, such as today's post, was created a little while back for a spiritually-focused Facebook page, so if you know her, you'll notice that she references times when her children were younger! She has graciously agreed to share her writings with us, in the hope that you will be edified & strengthened by her words. ~ Lauren)

 

My two-year-old had to get a shot today, poor kid. He was
very afraid and started to cry even before we left the house. His
dad and I told him, though, that after his shot and then later after
he took a nap, we’d all go to the park for a picnic. Once at the
doctor’s office, my son fought back his tears as he waited for
impending doom. He sat on my lap and made a little fist, saying
“brave, brave.” At one point he leaned over to the doctor sitting at
her desk and said, “picnic”… fully expecting her to understand the
import of that one word. So, hanging on to that promise (and to his
mother) he made it through his hour of trial.

It didn’t strike me until later as I laid him down for his nap,
however, just how innocent and trusting is my little charge… my
two-foot tall living example of faith. Though knowing full well a
great joy lay ahead of him, he wasn’t too excited to sleep. In fact,
the joy set before him seemed to help him fall asleep more easily.
As he drifted off, I looked at his peaceful face and realized just
how much my son trusts the word of his father and me. He was
able to do difficult, unpleasant things because be believed the
promise would indeed come true; and more, he was willing to let
that promise be fulfilled in our time and under our conditions… not
his.

Now, none of this is incredible or unusual behavior for a child.
But somewhere between childhood and adulthood, a digression of
trusting faith occurs. The Tempter makes sure of it. A few failed
promises, a few broken dreams, and the Evil One hopes that our
faith will not only waver in man, but in the LORD himself.

“The Lord promised me a hope and a future, but I haven’t
seen any signs of them yet!” Or, “The way is just too difficult… the
reward isn’t worth the struggle.”

Do we find ourselves lacking the faith to believe that what our
Father has promised, He is able also to perform? Do we lack the
faith to allow God to accomplish His promises in HIS time and
under HIS conditions? Or do we, like the prodigal son, demand
immediate compensation? Is it any wonder Christ said, "Let the little
children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of
God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)

 A “childlike” faith in an adult is not realistic in the eyes of the
world. In fact, it is weak and laughable. It was evident though, that
my son’s trust in me did not make him weaker, but stronger. The
confidence he gleaned from holding onto me and holding onto my
promise, gave him the strength and confidence to do what was
HARD.

The strength or weakness is not in him who trusts, but him
who promises.

Satan makes a lot of promises… but he just can’t deliver. His
word is weak and meaningless. God’s promises NEVER fail. His
Word IS strength… and it is power. He who trusts in Him will not
be disappointed. (Rom. 9:33)

God’s promises may seem far off… and there may be some
really difficult times for us in between here and our reward, but let
us not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb 12) Though the grass
withers and the flower fades, the word of the Lord endures forever.
(Is. 40:7)

So I challenge myself and I challenge you to strive for a
childlike faith. The kind of faith that recognizes *we* are not great for
trusting the Word, but that our LORD is great for keeping His Word!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst.

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