Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (NIV)

My son is four years old and in that stage where he likes to play games. When we get home for the evening, I am usually recruited to play these games. Sometimes this is difficult for me. When one plays with a child, one must play as a child. This usually means the rules are "out the door", and the main objective is just to have fun and be active. So if my son and I are playing a game, I must not let my knowledge and experience stand in the way of the interaction we are having. Now I know when playing "Simon says", if one does something without Simon saying so, then that person is "out". For my son that does not matter — it is just fun for him to have me playing with him. It is enough that he knows that I love him, and because of that love, he trusts me and loves me.

Sometimes I must remember this when I think about my faith and my interaction with other believers. I have been in Bible studies where I have spoken very strongly to people because they were incorrect about something. I let my intellect stand in the way of my faith, and because of that I dealt strongly with people instead of lovingly. Jesus told us that one must have the faith of a child. A child trusts and loves because someone cares about them, not because they have a complete understanding of how that person ticks. God loves us and cares for us. This should be enough for us to have faith in him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we give thanks that you do love us and care for us and provide forgiveness for our sins. May we always come before you with childlike faith, and trust completely in you because of the things you do for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Michael Steckel
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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