Childlike Faith

by Jan 6, 2022Devotional0 comments

Proverbs 7:24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth.

      Childlike faith is not complicated, and this is why it works. You do not have to explain to a child the ten steps to receiving and six ways of affirming, plus three levels of asking God’s favour to answer prayers. Children just ask, believe, and then get on with playing. Now we who are supposed to be wise and full of the Holy Spirit tend to mess this simple process up with multiple steps and hoops to jump through to get God’s attention, let alone answered prayer. Maybe this is why Christ wanted us to observe the simple faith of a child. Matt. 19:14 But Jesus said, “Permit the little children, and do not forbid them to come to Me, for of such is the kingdom of the heavens.” 
      Matt. 18:3 “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Childlike faith is not to be mixed up with childish faith which is a presumptuous and foolish fatalism. 1Cor. 13:11b I put aside childish things. We are not to be childish and immature in our faith but rather we are to respond by believing what God says about our lives and situations in the same way a child believes when a parent lovingly explains certain facts about life that are going on around them.
      The heart of God is moved by childlike faith because children have a simple confidence in the love that God has for them. 1John 5:14 This is the confidence we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of Him. God’s will toward us is that we would be willing to believe the love God has for us and that we have a repentant heart toward Him. 2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Childlike faith understands friendship with God because the child’s heart is open to believing anything is possible.
      At the wedding of Cana, the servants obeyed Mary with childlike faith by doing what Jesus told them to do. John 2:5 Do whatever He tells you,” his mother told the servants. The servants may have been asked what they were doing filling six thirty-gallon clay pots with water. Their response would have been a simple, “Jesus said to do it.” Blind Bartimaeus said without doubt when asked by Jesus what he wanted. “I want to see,” was his response, and his eyes were opened. There does not seem to be much indecision when childlike faith is being used. Heb. 11:6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
      In the Gospel of Mark, we read the story of the four men who carried a paralyzed man to Jesus on a stretcher. When they could not reach the Lord because the crowd was too large and was blocking the entrance, they went to the top of the dwelling place where Jesus was ministering. They broke through the roof and lowered the man toward Jesus. The word records the Lord’s reaction to their faith. Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” When Jesus saw their faith, – is a powerful statement. What did Jesus see that so moved the Lord to have it recorded this way? The four men may have said, “If we can get him in front of Jesus, then he will be healed. A child would reason in the same fashion. Just like the woman who was afflicted with the issue of blood said, “If I can touch the edge of his garment, I will be healed!” These are statements that need no signs or course studies in faith.
      We can all remember at some time, the Lord answering a prayer we simply asked to be met. We left the request at the altar of God’s divine goodness. Like a child, we smiled and said, “Praise the Lord,” when the answer came through on our behalf. In most cases, the answered prayer was beyond what we had asked or even thought possible. The joie de vivre we experienced was so exuberant that we knew the Lord had blessed us with His favour and love. Faith in God is just that, it is faith in the love God demonstrates toward us through our relationship with Him. 
      Sometimes, our forced assumptions as to what we think faith is can cause all kinds of problems within our walk with the Lord, plus create division between our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can become childish in our reactions to what God is doing because we assume a misguided understanding of faith. God’s word is the foundation of faith and from His word, we approach God as His children. Prov. 7:24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children; pay attention to the words of my mouth. Childlike faith says, “Yes God, Your will be done according to Your word.” May God’s face shine on us and give us the desires of our hearts, so that we may be the blessing of the Lord He intended us to be. Have faith in God. 
Find Other Devotions About:Faith


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sir Norm’s Proverbial Comment

Stop Watering Dead Plants

Finish Strong

Jeremiah 12:5 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?         Finish strong, or...

Chances Are

Jeremiah 26:14 Therefore, now change your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the LORD your God; then the LORD will relent and reverse His decision concerning the misfortune which He has pronounced against you.              Chances are you are not going to...

Small Content

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?            I asked God to help me with a small thing this week and realized what I was asking was of small content and not that pressing compared to the wars going on. I...

No Widespread Revelation

1Samuel 3:1 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.       The above verse describes a sad time on earth when very little voice, inspiration, or vision from God was...

While We Still Have Breath

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.       The very first breath that was transferred into Adam's nostrils was God's very own infinite life force making Adam...

Too Many Choices

Joshua 24:15 But if it is unpleasing in your sight to serve the LORD, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my house,...

A Deal I Can Live With

Genesis 3:16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labour you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”   I was listening to a marriage counsellor describe some...

As Selfish As Everyone Else

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”               The rude awakening that sometimes hits our hearts and lets us know that we are as...

Smile And Nod

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. I was talking with my mom about some family dynamics that were not going to be easy to deal with. I asked her how she dealt with these types of situations, and she said, "I have...

Based On A True Story

1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.        Whenever there is a movie that is advertised as...

You Can’t Steal My Discipline

Matthew 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.       You cannot steal anyone's discipline who has become accustomed to the stabilizing rules of conduct, faithful results,...

What Are You Buying Into?

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold having been refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness might not be made manifest, and eye-salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.    ...


Darkness Bleeds It is easy to flow with the crowd. Make up your own mind on what you see going on in people's lives.

Spiritually Empty   If you find yourself spiritually empty, then fill yourself up with God and all that He has for you.

God In A Box We cannot contain God within any human device or box. However, we can have Him live in our hearts. How great is that?