25th August 2018

A Childlike Faith 

“Why are you fearful, O you of of little faith?”
Matthew 8:26 (NKJV)

Every time I see a child sleeping in a pushchair, or maybe that should be a baby buggy, I consider the journey that this baby is on. Across busy traffic-filled roads, in and out of shops full of bustling shoppers, around many and varied obstacles, up and down kerbs—and still the child sleeps! I find that incredible. This slumbering baby it seems has total confidence in its parent to protect and keep it safe midst all of this hustle and bustle. This little one isn’t worried in the slightest.

And this is the kind of faith that Jesus had in his Father! You remember the huge storm on the Sea of Galilee? You’ll find it in Matthew 8:23-27. Jesus and the disciple were crossing to the other side of the water, actually to the country of the Gergesenes, which is on the east bank. After some time a storm blew in. The Greek word for “tempest” here is “Seismos, meaning just like an earthquake! So this was no puny little storm, but surprise, surprise, Jesus was asleep, knowing that his Father was completely in control of this and every situation! The disciples on the other hand, were out of their minds with fear. They woke Jesus and yelled over the noise of the great wind, “Lord save us! We are perishing!” Notice his response—he says, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he calmed the storm, rebuking the wind and the waves—and there was a great calm. The disciples whispered, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

It seems that if we want to express this total reliance on and confidence in our tender loving God, we need to become as little children! In Matthew 18:3-4 Jesus tells his followers; “It is the man who can be as humble as this little child, who is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven” (Phillips). In other words, having that simple childlike faith which Jesus had, and believing the promises of his Father, seen through the eyes of His child.

Later on, in Luke 10:17-21 (Phillips), Luke records the return of disciples from a missionary journey Jesus had sent them on. They were full of joy and excitement about the things they had witnessed during that time! At that moment Jesus’ heart too was filled with joy, so much so that he prayed, “O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, I thank you for hiding these things from the intelligent and the clever and for showing them to mere children!”

That’s something for us to ponder, don’t you think?

Prayer
Lord, help us through the guidance of your Spirit to become teachable like little children, through the eyes of simple faith.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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