Friday, January 23, 2015
Do You Have the Wisdom of a Child?
When something goes wrong for a little child, the first thing he or she most likely to do is to run to their parents. A lot of Christians could learn a lot from their example.
As a mother, I cannot count how many times my kids have come to me when something goes wrong. For hugs when they've fallen down. To rescue them from the scary wasp. For help when they're struggling to tie a shoe or zip up their jackets. When they want to know why the sky is blue. Or when something they had their heart set on goes wrong. They haven't grown so proud to refuse help or learned to be embarrassed to let me know when something is wrong yet.
In Luke 18:17 Jesus said that in order to enter the kingdom of God, we must come as little children. While I believe He was talking about salvation, I also think that He meant that we need to approach the Father like little children, humble and trusting that He will take care of us.
So, when you have a problem, do you turn to the Father in prayer about it or do you tend to try to deal with it on your own? I know that most days I forget to live with that childlike wisdom. I tend to let my pride trick me into thinking myself stronger than I really am. I get this crazy idea stuck in my head that I'm supposed to tackle my it all on my own and I put a weight on my own shoulders that ends up crushing me, because God never meant for me to carry it all on my own. That goes for any child of His. The bible tells us to give our troubles to Him, because He cares for us. 1 Peter 5:7
There have been so many times in my life that I could have saved myself heartache and trouble, if I had only come to God first with my problems, instead of trying to tough it out or fix it 'all on my own'. Having stumbled down the wrong way for many years of my Christian walk, I strongly believe that the first thing that a new Christian should learn to do is to learn to pray without ceasing, as we have been instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Having a bad day at school or work? Pray about it. Going through heartbreak? Pray about it. Feeling tempted by something? Pray about it. Looking for guidance? Pray for it. Pray about everything, all the time. God wants us to. How much easier might our lives be, if we only ran to the Father as our first response, instead of our last course of action?
My prayer is that if you are a new Christian, or even an older Christian that has tripped into this rut of 'handle it myself' along with me, please let us run to the Father.
Be blessed, all!