The Beauty of a Child’s Faith

We can learn a lot from the faith of a child. If we only look and consider, they, indeed, display a fervent manifestation of pure, untainted faith. The Lord Jesus knows and sees that. Before His adult disciples and listeners, He took a child and told them that unless they became as little children, they could in no way enter the kingdom of God. It is that serious. And the message is for us, too.

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mat. 18:2-4)

The Lord uses a child as a perfect model for faith, and you know what, I had seen it often times in my own life – how a child could teach us to reach heaven’s door.

Some years ago when I was struggling with extreme nervousness and fearfulness, a kind of affliction that sapped my energy and at times, took away all reason, a little girl taught me a lesson. She was even unaware of it, for she only had her eyes on Jesus. It was congregational singing, joyful songs portion, during one Friday overnight worship service, and our place in the stadium was exactly opposite the grandstand. There was this little girl, around 6-7 years old, she was wearing a shabby white dress with lace and full skirt; she was standing on one of the bleachers on the grandstand and singing, clapping, dancing, jumping, and worshiping God with all her might! I was in awe beholding her!

That night, while I was wrestling with the demons of anxieties bordering on neurosis, thinking about all negative things – What if my infant baby falls suddenly sick while we are not at home? What if burglars break into our house and harm my baby and his “yaya” (nanny) and we’re not there to help? When I go home, shall I find my baby safe and sound? – that little girl in white dress sang, danced, clapped, and worshiped the Lord without a care in the world! She did it like it was the thing of utmost importance (and of course it was!), that nothing else mattered in those precious moments. She knew it so well, while I, well, I was completely missing the whole point!

I knew what I was missing. While that girl’s spirit was soaring, reaching heaven’s door and touching the throne of grace and the heart of God, I was so earthbound, wrestling with the demons of my afflictions! And who was the clear loser? That girl was reaping all heaven’s blessings while I couldn’t even make my mind quiet for a second!

Don’t we, adults, do that sometimes? Even without anxiety attacks, nervousness, or any other kind of mental disorders, don’t we sometimes struggle with our thoughts – negative, sensual, vain? If we’re honest, we can say we do and at Church at that!

Why do the Lord’s eyes behold a child’s faith? Consider the following:

Fervor

If you have been to our Church, Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, you should have witnessed children praising and worshiping God with all that is in them. Not only with the kind I mentioned above, but during solemn singing, they, too, sing soulfully, weeping in earnest while being filled with the Holy Spirit. Indeed, the Holy Spirit often linger on the Children’s Choir while they sing on the riser, filling the children to overflowing and prompting them to sing the chorus over and over again.

There was a time I often visited our Pastoral House where praise and worship was done day and night. In these visits, I just lay on the bed of our Astrovan while listening to live praise. One time, I heard a little girl singing, her tone was high, sweet, and soaring, and was above all the other adult worshipers. She was singing her heart and soul out (and tonsils!) like there was no tomorrow. She didn’t skimp on her love for the Lord; her fervor to worship God was out there  for all to see and hear!

Didn’t the Lord say, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise” (Mat. 21:16)?

Trust

Little children trust God with all their life. I have seen that kind of trust in my own kids. Whenever my 5-year old Tim is sick, he finds peace and comfort in our praises and prayers. When he encounters difficulties during his sickness, he would ask us to pray and cast out the sickness again. He would go to sleep peacefully while I sing praises and my praising would keep him asleep and comfortable. He doesn’t fret. Hannah also. They don’t desire to be brought to the doctor or the hospital or be given medicines. They believe that God is their Healer and through prayers and laying on of hands, He will heal them. By God’s abundant grace, they rest in His love and trust in His healing which would surely come.

Unlike adults, Little children believe in God without a doubt. If you tell them that the Bible says the Lord Jesus loves them and He heals their sicknesses, they will believe it without arguing. They will gladly receive it and keep it safe in their hearts.

And this is exactly what the Lord wants us to have: a faith that doesn’t doubt or question but trusts in abandon, and a pure fervency in our love and worship to Him. Just like a child’s.

My gratitude list ~ the things I’m thankful to the Lord for:

 41. Hannah’s 12th birthday celebration: family, friends, love, laughter, good food, beautiful pictures!

42. My wellness: strength, joy, inspiration, pretty, modest clothes and sandals and being able to wear them!

43. The Lord’s gentle whisperings and proddings to me to take those steps of faith. He bids, “Come walk with Me on the water. See, My arm is stretched out toward you. You will be held securely while you do.”

44. Spiritual reminders from anointed people of God.

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