Faith Like a Child

Understanding the Red Letters   Part 19

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.  Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight’ “ (Matthew 11:25-26).

Embracing the gospel message of Jesus Christ has always been about seeing with the eyes of faith.  It has not been about seeing with the most educated eyes, the most intelligent eyes, or even the most religious eyes.  And I believe Jesus’ reference here to children fits this “eyes of faith” theme.

Children have a natural trust in their parents.  Even if we don’t deserve it.  Even if our parenting skills are lacking.  Children have an inherent trust in their mom and dad.  And in a healthy family, that trust is rewarded with a home of love, acceptance, and peace.

Our approach to our heavenly Father should be a child-like trust in the goodness and grace of God.  Fear of His disapproval or disappointment in us is removed as we truly trust our Father’s unconditional love for us.  Don’t overthink it with a bunch of “what ifs” regarding His love for you.  There are none.  He loves you just as you are!

Children understand this kind of love and respond to it.

I think that it is significant that just after Jesus offered this prayer to the Father commending child-like faith, He called out the following invitation.  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Infants know how to rest.  Jesus is inviting you to enter His rest as a child.  Not as a toddler who is screaming, running away, and resisting a nap.  No, be like a newborn infant softly resting in the arms of his fawning parents.  God loves you and you can rest in His unconditional love.  You are safe and secure in the loving arms of your heavenly Father.