Last night my wife and I got quite the surprise. Around 11:30 we heard our four year old daughter, Julissa, throwing up in her bed (I know, I know). It was everywhere. After her impromptu bath, she proceeded to vomit every 15-30 minutes until about 3:30am. It was a fun night in the Ireton home. The good news is that she is doing much better now, and seems to have been only a quick stomach bug. Also, the good news is that when any of our children are sick, all they want to do is cuddle. It is the only positive in the midst of their ailments. If you have children, are yours the same way? I’m guessing they are. It seems to be a natural response when their bodies aren’t feeling well. I’m willing to bet that you might even have some fond memories of being sick as a child. Probably not the times when you felt on the verge of death, but the treatment mama would give you on a sick day home from school made everything seem worth it.
Selfishly, I don’t mind a (mild) sick day home with one of my little ones. I get these beautiful moments of cuddling up with them in bed watching a movie, or snuggled up on the couch without having to keep them entertained. They love to be held when they aren’t feeling well, and it makes it somewhat worth it.
Ultimately, children seek out their parent’s lap during sickness as a confirmed source of refuge. It is inherent within them from birth. A child naturally seeks out a parent in moments of insecurity, discomfort, or distress; and we should likewise have this tendency as children of God. Just like when a child is running a fever, and clings to the neck of their parent, our instinct should be to cling to our heavenly Father in moments of suffering. God loves it, just as any father loves it, when His children come to Him, and trust in Him for comfort. Perhaps this is what “child-like faith” is all about.
“Child-like faith” is simply believing that your daddy can make it all better.
Simple faith, or the faith of a child, calls us to forsake the thinking that we can take care of ourselves when trials arise in our lives. Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, agrees with this philosophy. He encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). There is a reason that he writes this. Solomon had been given the greatest amount of human wisdom by God. He accomplished more on this earth than any billionaire could ever dream. Nobody will ever come close to the wisdom and wealth that Solomon possessed. Yet, at the end of it all, Solomon was left with this realization – it is far better to trust in God rather than yourself.
Over and over again throughout Christ’s ministry on this earth, he praises the simple faith of those who believed He was enough. In talking with the Father, Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children” (Matthew 11:25). It is a blessing to have child-like faith. It is a gift from God. And it is simple. God is enough. He is sovereign. And He loves you.
Though we feel at times we have the talents and intellect to provide for our own successes, in reality, everything we have, is because God allows it. With the faith of a child, we understand where all good things come from. We recognize our utter dependence on God, as our Father. When Jesus is talking about this type of dependency, He says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).
If you are a follower of Jesus, and a child of God, let me encourage you in this – Your heavenly Father can be trusted. He is never changing. He desires to be your first option in times of need. Let’s not be childish in our knowledge of God, or the gospel of Jesus Christ, but let’s be childish in our dependency upon our Father. God desires for us to grow in our knowledge of Him and our maturity in the gospel. Until we press into Him, and His Word, we will never know the fullness of joy that we truly desire. When we lack time spent with Him and His Word, we will lack child-like faith.