One thing about a small child is they are very good at trusting. Yes, eventually they get older and start to question, argue and complain. But when they are small they usually trust well. This is …
One thing about a small child is they are very good at trusting. Yes, eventually they get older and start to question, argue and complain. But when they are small they usually trust well. This is something that I found with my own children. I remember when they were young saying to them, “Trust dad,” whether they were jumping into my arms or preparing to go down the slide at the park. They would be at the top of the slide wanting to go but hesitating, and I would be at the bottom ready … saying, “Trust dad.” The other day I found myself at the park with my nearly 2-year-old grandson waiting at the bottom of the slide with him at the top. And yes, I was saying, “Trust me,” as he slid down.
As Christians, we often struggle with trust. We know we should, but we also begin to question, argue and complain. I’m reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:3-4, “… unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
One major meaning of this scripture is that we must trust Christ for our salvation. But another lesson drawn is that we must trust him throughout our life as a child trusts their loving parent.
The writer of Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
We must trust him through life’s ups and downs. We must trust that he will “catch” us as we endure life’s difficulties. And we must trust he will answer us according to what he knows is best. Those answers are either, “yes,” “no,” or “wait.” I must hear my Lord saying, “Trust me” … knowing he is a good father.
(Tim Morrow is the pastor of New Life Church in Powell.)