Reenie Rickard has written the post today in memory of her dear friend
“. . . and (Jesus) said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven,. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:3-4. NASB.
Faith like a child. How does one define it? It surely seems important that we do, because God Himself said that it is important.
Childlike faith is not an immature faith. It is not a faith that doesn’t help us because it hasn’t grown, nor is it one that is forced because of a parent’s command. Childlike faith doesn’t say you must believe because I said so and I’m in charge.
What is faith like a child? Let me describe it by telling you about Bobby.
I met Bobby when I attended a Wednesday evening Bible study that Bobby led. Bobby read God’s Word, and our study always involved some sort of discussion about what he read. It was the typical small group setting, except Bobby wasn’t a typical leader.
Bobby was humble. In fact, I would be hard-pressed to find another man as humble as Bobby. He knew his need of God. He knew he couldn’t speak about God unless God spoke through him. He felt that someone else, anyone else, had to be better qualified to lead the group. Yet he led it very well. God’s Word was a treasure he felt he understood, but not fully, so he approached it with the excitement of a child with a treasure map. Bobby’s humility pulled us into sharing our own thoughts about the Scripture – about what God was saying in general – and as we did, we could see what God was saying in particular to each of us.
He trusted and totally depended on God. Bobby faced significant problems even then, but his faith in God never seemed to waver. And in the midst of his problems, he always had a smile. He had hope. He didn’t lose his enthusiasm for life.
Isn’t that like a child? The child is totally confident that his Dad will take care of it.
Don’t we all face our own “significant” problems? The nature of the problems isn’t important. How we cope is.
Norman Vincent Peale once coined a term “psychosclerosis.” Similar to arteriosclerosis, which is the “hardening” of the arteries, or a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels that can cause a heart attack or stroke, Dr. Peale felt that psychosclerosis was a hardening of our spirit when we lose our enthusiasm for life. When we lose hope. What’s the cure for psychosclerosis?
Faith like a child. Bobby’s faith. And Bobby’s legacy. We’ll miss you dear friend. Thanks.