Childlike Faith

Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.  I assure you, anyone who does not have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.

(Mark 10: 14b-15 NLT)

 My young grandson, Noah, once asked me the “T” question.  “Granddad, what is the trinity?”  This inquiry taught me a lot about childlike faith.
When Noah was a little guy, I often kept him while his Mother worked.  He loved to put together jigsaw puzzles.  While completing these puzzles, I talked to him about God. I must have used the word trinity in one conversation.  His inquisitive little mind went into action, and he asked that dreaded question.  I took a deep breath and started to explain the essence of God to a child.  After I had finished my explanation, he said, “So you are saying that God is one person, but he is also three persons.”  I said, yes.  He paused to ponder only momentarily and then said. “OK” and proceeded to put the next piece in the puzzle.  His demeanor said; the question was answered, no need to talk further, let’s get on with the puzzle.
What made it so easy for Noah to accept this truth that adults have labored to understand for centuries?  I think there might be a very simple answer to this question.  He did not believe that his granddad would lie to him.  Of course, he did not understand how this could be true, but he trusted the one that told him.  Is it much different for us adults and our heavenly Father? The integrity of the one making a promise validates its legitimacy.  The character of God is the basis of every word spoken in the Bible.  God is good; he is kind, and just, and trustworthy.  God does not lie to us.
Many have desired to enter into the Kingdom of God, but the door to enter into this realm is and has always been childlike faith.  Great minds have sought to understand the unsearchable riches of Christ, but without this simple faith, their intellect has proven to be a hindrance.  A little child taught me what Jesus meant when he said, “For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.”

Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places”  YWAM Publishing
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