Faith of a Child
by Sherry Kyle
In the summer of 1976, my parents rented a cabin for a week at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. After fun-filled days riding horses, shooting arrows, making crafts, and having water balloon fights, I would relax in the cabin and read Joy Sparton of Parsonage Hill, a humorous novel about an eleven-year-old girl named Joy, who was on a mission of mischief with her twin brother Roy. I connected so much with Joy Sparton that I accepted Jesus into my heart right along with her as I read the book. Yes, I will always remember that summer vacation.
Ah, the faith of a child. Why does the Bible encourage childlike faith?
Children are curious, innocent, joyful, trusting, and full of wonder. When kids are curious, they ask questions. When children are innocent, they are vulnerable and trust their parents. When children are full of wonder, they find joy in the simplest things. These attributes make faith full and exciting.
When we have childlike faith, we ask honest questions and seek to know the truth. We are curious without being confrontational, eager without having ulterior motives, and trusting without wanting to undermine.
Having childlike faith also means that we trust in God to provide answers to our prayers because we know He is in control. By focusing on God’s provision, doubts and worries are not able to crowd our minds. By having total trust in God, we can depend on Him to answer our prayers in the way He sees fit.
There will be times when we kick and scream and have tantrums, but like a good parent, God listens to our cries. When we read the Bible and pray, we will discover how much God loves us through His character, His promises, and by the gift of His Son, who came to earth to die for our sins. No, nothing can separate us from God’s love.
God is the answer to our questions, and He is able to calm our anxious hearts. His love is all we need.
Childlike faith satisfies like nothing else can.
“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 18:3
Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University and the author of contemporary women’s fiction and historical romance. Sherry is also an award-winning author of books for tweens. She lives in California with her husband and four children. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.