The Comfort Childlike Faith Has to Offer

We all could use comforting during these very frightful, sad and very uncertain times. I have found that seeing my Heavenly Father, as a child sees his or her earthly parents is especially, comforting to me.

When you look to your Heavenly Father through the eyes of a child, you know that He loves you, and that He only wants the very best for you, to protect you, and to supply all of your needs, just as your earthly father did. It’s comforting to know that if we get sick, our Heavenly Father, will be beside us to comfort us, and to help us through the healing process, just as our parents did.

The key to having Childlike Faith is TRUST.

Children trust their parents to provide for their every need, and they feel comfort and safety in their presence. Even if children are frustrated or confused by their parents, so long as the parents show them love, the children will trust them deeply and take pleasure in their presence.

God showed His love for us when He sent His only son, Jesus, to the cross to be the atonement  for our sins. God shows His love for His children in so many different ways, every day. If I tried to make a list of the ways God shows His love for us, the list would be unending.

God wants us to deeply trust Him and take pleasure in His presence. God watches over us night and day, and every hair on our heads are numbered.

“And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”  Luke 12:7 (NLT)

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.

For the last 21 days, I have only left my house to walk my dog at 9:00 p.m. (when no one is outside), and to drive 3 blocks, to sign our tax return, which my husband handed to me through my car window.

Yesterday, April 6, 2020, I had a doctor’s appointment. The Lord knew I was a little afraid to go out in public, because I have a COPD (a chronic lung disease) and I also have Diabetes.

Nevertheless, I got ready for my doctor’s appointment, while watching the clock, and taking my time, to make sure that I left my house much later than I usually do. The traffic would be much lighter, and I would only have to spend a minimal amount of time waiting to see the doctor. My appointment was at 9:30 a.m.

When I arrived at the doctor’s office, the receptionist and bookkeeper weren’t in yet, and I thought to myself, “That’s strange!” Luckily, my doctor was upfront behind the receptionist’s desk doing something, and when he saw me, he unlocked the door to let me in. He said to me, “Your early!” I said, “No I’m not, it’s about 9:20 a.m.” He said, “No it’s not, it’s 8:40 a.m.” I was shocked, because all of my clocks at home, and the clock in my car showed the correct time. My doctor said, “That’s okay, I have an opening at 9:00 a.m., go back to my office.”

I was out of the doctor’s office by 9:30 a.m., and on my way to Walgreens to get a prescription filled, and to pick up a few items. I was on my way home by 10:00 a.m., instead of 11:00 a.m.

I can’t explain how something I tried to plan so carefully, went awry, but….I didn’t come in contact with anybody but the medical staff, at the doctor’s office. Walgreens was quiet when I arrived, and there wasn’t anyone in line at the pharmacy.

Later that night, I realized that it could have been God, redirecting my steps, to which I was totally, oblivious.

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalms 37:23 (NLT)

CHILDLIKE FAITH – DEVOTIONAL

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4 (ESV)

Having watched my children grow up and become self-sufficient, it is easy to forget how dependent they were when they were younger. This truth is one reason why grandchildren are so much fun!

You get to relive watching a baby that needs everything to survive become a walking, talking little person; and then eventually become an adult. It still amazes me to see my oldest grandson say his ABCs and interact with others realizing that not too many years ago he was a “helpless” newborn.

When I read the verses above I am reminded that as a mature adult, from a worldly perspective, I am pretty much self-sufficient.

I have enough money to get almost anything I want—definitely anything I need. I still have my health. I have a wonderful wife and family. The key word in the first sentence of this paragraph is “worldly.”

The reality is that God is my provider, Jesus is the reason I am acceptable to God.

“he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” Colossians 1:22 (ESV)

I am not worthy of God, I am not really self-sufficient without him. I am dependent on God for everything just as my grandson is dependent on his parents for survival.

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32 (ESV)

As an adult I can become too self-sufficient and have too big an ego. I pray that God will help me to focus on him in a childlike way, realizing I am dependent on him for everything that matters.

Source: shortdailydevotionals.com, Unkown Author

Prayer

Heavenly Father, when we are not strong, You are. When we are weak, You carry us through. Our courage is rooted in Your strength, which takes the anxieties we lift up to You and You give back to us a peace that transcends all understanding. Thank you for loving us, leading us and reminding us that you will never, ever leave us. Fill our days with the purposeful pursuit of Your love flowing through our lives.

Father, You are our provider and Jesus is the reason we are acceptable to You. We depend on You for everything, just as children depend on their parents for everything. Please help us focus on You in a more childlike manner, because we realize we are dependent on You, for everything that matters.

Thank you, Father for giving Your wisdom and insight to those working towards a cure for Scleroderma, and a cure for the Coronavirus. We ask You to please keep those with Scleroderma safe from the Coronavirus, along with their families and caregivers. Protect the elderly, along with families and caregivers, and also protect those who have other high risk diseases, along with their families and caregivers.

Please keep all the doctors, nurses and scientists safe from the Coronavirus. We thank you for their bravery on the battle field, and we thank you for all those who are still working in other industries, so our needs can be met, please bless them and protect them. Please watch over and protect our Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics from the Coronavirus.

Please provide a home and food for the homeless during this very tough time. Help all those who are running out of money, and don’t know where to turn.

Father, we pray for all those who are currently sick with the Coronavirus. Please comfort them and heal them. Bring someone to their bedside that is full of Your love and compassion. Surround all those who are grieving the loss of loved ones because of the Coronavirus, with your presence and love.

Father, give us the faith of a little child who trusts without questioning, who simply believes Your Word without doubt. Help us to trust you more deeply with every detail of our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27 ESV.

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten