Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”Matthew 18:3
There are many different aspects to this verse, but I would like to share with you one of them that God has been teaching me.
Most children do not concern themselves with adult affairs. They don’t consider that they might not have enough food, or clothes, or housing. They don’t know all the things that could go wrong, they simply have this unrealized expectation that tomorrow will come, and they will have all they need. I, for one, don’t remember much about my toddler years besides playing.
I now realize that we are to be this way with the Lord. I believe it was always meant to be that way. We are supposed to trust Him to provide without fear of what could go wrong, without doubt. The things of the Spirit are foolishness to them that don’t believe. I can’t tell you how many times I have done things that, according to the worlds thinking, were irresponsible or dangerous, and I did them because I felt God was leading me to do so. Every time that I did these things, the Lord was there to protect me, and carry me through each experience. That’s not to say that those experiences were perfectly smooth encounters, but I made it through them with a sufficient amount of Grace, and received a dollop more Faith at the end.
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles strive after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.Matthew 6:31-33
Now please, go back and read that quote. Read it as if you were really going to do that. I have come to realize how many things we know by head knowledge, but not by experience. Have you ever truly had to rely on the Lord for something as simple as your next meal? Have you seen Him provide? Do you still doubt sometimes? Me too. But I will tell you, the more that I go through those experiences, the more I trust Him. In fact, I have been praying for YEARS to have more faith. I have been praying that I would trust Him more, “Lord, I want to trust you and KNOW that you will provide, I want to trust you more than anything or anyone else”.
When I told myself I was trusting God, the Holy Spirit revealed I was putting my hope in money. I was looking to and for money to provide the things I need, instead of looking to and for God. The Lord can provide money, sure, but I ought not tell God how to provide. It’s my job to ask Him to help, and to wait on Him to do so.
I’m not saying we should avoid money, but I am saying that we should not make ourselves sick over whether or not we have any, we should not exalt money to where the Lord should be. We should not exalt anything to that place. When you have exhausted your means of providing, pray and wait for Him to take care of the rest. In our weakness, He is shown to be strong. We can only do so much, but the Lord can do more.
But this command to trust the Lord does not mean “when things get tough, look to the Lord”. No, no. It means always look to Him. Look to Him first, while things are good, look to Him during, in times of struggle, look to Him after, when He has provided. It means that He is your everything. Get to know Him, and you will learn to trust Him.
I pray that you and I will learn to trust our Heavenly Father as if we were little children that didn’t know any better.
The Lord keep you,