Reach for Childlike Faith

Now that Christmas movies are repeatedly playing on t.v., I’ve spent time watching a few of them.

There’s one major theme that I continue to see throughout each movie – the idea of believing in something or someone that cannot be seen.

I can see why these movies appeal to children.  Children still have their innocence and imagination that allow them to believe. But as adults, we are much more skeptical.  We know better than to spend our energy trusting in something so unexplainable,  right?

The Bible talks about this very idea of having a childlike faith and trust.  I guess it didn’t hit me until I watched these light-hearted holiday movies.  Maybe it is a child’s unwavering belief in the unseen that God was referring to.

It’s a belief that diminishes as we grow into adulthood and realize that the world doesn’t love us back like we thought. It’s also a belief that is shaken when the world tells us our imaginative minds are no longer worth having.

But what if our only responsibility was to believe God? Not just believe in Him, but believe Him? Would that transform us back to the innocent children of God that He calls us to be?

I mean, imagine if the devil didn’t exist. Imagine if doubt and fear didn’t permeate our thoughts. Would we hang onto every one of  God’s promises the way a child holds on to every promise of her parent?

God refers to us as His sons and daughters for this very reason.  He is requiring us to search for Him like a child searches for the comfort of a mother’s warmth.  There’s security there.

He wants us to be excited for Him and wait for Him with expectancy.  Have you ever seen a child wait by the front door for their father’s car to pull into the driveway? They’re excited the entire time. They’re expectant the entire time.  There is NO other option.  There is no doubt.

Listen carefully: Children do not experience doubt or a tainted mind until it is proven to them.  And we don’t have to worry about that when trusting God.

God has never lied.  His word says He will never leave us or forsake us, and His word will never return to Him void.  Isn’t that enough to draw back our defenses and simply trust Him with all that we are?

Let’s return to our innocence of childlike faith.  Just as is implied in the Christmas movies, we have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.  God has never failed us, and for that reason, we can continue to believe.

 

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Elana Cole is a writer, educator, and professional coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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