As a kid, I had several heroes or heroines that I admired. The Disney princesses are a great example because I wanted to be just like them one day. I’m sure we could all identify with doing the same thing if we looked back at the childhood we lived.
What I find intriguing about the modeling phase of childhood is this: No thing or person could ever convince you that you couldn’t be like that person you deeply admire. You see, I feel like as people get older and the world keeps its firm grip of distraction on us and as a result we begin to lose that invincible spirit or childlike faith we once had. We should carry the same attitude of deep admiration and appreaciation as adults when following hard after Jesus’ example.
The question is how do you and I regain that childlike faith and spirit as adults? I have wrestled with that question for quite some time now and I think we can start by thinking about what we admire most about God? We do this with our friends all the time. We want to get to know them and their character.
Several weeks ago, I posed the following question on social media, “What quality or qualities do you admire most about God?”
The response I received was quite overwhelming. I couldn’t believe the amount of comments there were and how well they related to one another. The top three responses will be discussed and we’ll also talk about how each of them describe God for who He is.
God is always ready and willing to listen to us. He is never surprised by anything and we have total confidence in Him. Meaning, whatever we tell Him will always stay between He and I.
He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
Psalm 121:3-4 NLT
What a great comfort to know that nothing will ever take God by surprise. He knows what’s going to happen long before we do. I am eternally grateful that God is one in control of everything, so we don’t have to be.
God’s love for us is immeasurable. We really can’t imagine how much He loves us. I mean He gave us a pretty good idea by sending His one and only son (Jesus) to die on the cross for the sins of humanity. (John 3:16) Someone who loves me enough to die for me is someone worth believing in-no matter the cost.
Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Jeremiah 31:3 NLT
God’s love for us is everlasting. There’s nothing we can ever do or say to escape the grip of His love. This verse reminds us that the love of God is always present. In addition, Mercy also coexists with God’s love. My Bible defines mercy as, “a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; withholding of the judgement or punishment our sins deserve.” (Jesus Centered Bible 2015) God’s mercies for us are unending, just like His love.
I love the fact that I can’t keep anything from God because He knows everything about me before I even knew myself. Don’t get me wrong, it has a cost. There are always consequences for our sins. However, that doesn’t alter God’s love and mercy for us in any way. He loves us fully and completely in spite of our messy imperfections.
Jonah’s Story is a beautiful example of this. At some point today, take a minute to read his story in the first three chapters of Jonah. (Side note: The chapters are fairly short, so it should be an easy read.) Jonah knew what it felt like to hide from God and he also recognized the beauty of repentance and freedom in Christ. Through his experience, he learned that God is already there, waiting for us on the other side of the adventure. We can’t hide anything from God because He knows what we’re going to do before we do.
But, God in His mercy chooses to love us and use us for His glory anyway! How cool is that?! That’s something I deeply admire about God.
Let’s take what we’ve discovered and apply it to the original question: How do you and I regain that childlike faith and spirit as adults? Remember these three things:
- God Can Be Trusted (Psalms 121:3-4)
- His Mercy and Love is Unconditional (Jeremiah 31:3)
- God Already Knows (Jonah 1, 2 and 3)
I hope and pray that God uses these words to encourage and guide you today. He has certainly blown me away in the things He has revealed to me while writing this!
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