Jesus spoke of the need to have faith like a child during His earthly ministry.
“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:2-5
“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” – Matthew 19:13-14
Similar accounts occur in Mark 9:36-37, 10:13-16 and Luke 18:15-17.
“At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” – Luke 10:21
If we are speaking in generalities, little children–if they are being raised in a good environment–are trusting. They take people at their word and believe that what is said is true and will be done. Their faith is simple, that does not mean it isn’t deep, it means it is straight forward and without caveats.
Yes, children are sinful and selfish, we are all tainted by sin from birth. But they learn to really doubt and question what people say and their intentions as they grow older. They learn over time that people say things they don’t mean and don’t follow through on what they say. As we learn this hard truth about living in the world, we then begin to trust God in the same way that we trust other people. We hold part of our self back and though we may not verbalize it, we certainly don’t live as if we fully take God at His simple word.
When you tell a little child that God loves them, unless there is something else going on in their lives, they’ll take God’s love at face value. They will accept it wholly and completely.
The truth about living in a broken and sinful world is that many of us had our trust broken before we can even remember and did not have a period of time in which we could fully trust any person without reservation. While this makes it harder for us to trust God because the people who were supposed to model His trustworthiness for us did not or did so poorly, our God is bigger than our past. He can overcome any obstacle and teach us to trust and put our faith in Him like the child we never had the chance to be. Even for those of us who had wonderful earthly role models of God’s love and were able to put our total faith in someone else as a child, God’s trustworthiness is infinitely greater.
We must allow God to teach us to trust and depend on Him as completely as little children trust and depend. That does not mean our faith is blind and without reason, but it does mean that it is total. In the same that way children don’t understand everything and yet fully trust anyway, we too will not understand everything, but God is worthy of our complete and simple trust.
If we have child-like faith we will believe that God fully means what He says and will do what He says He will do. We will trust and depend on the Lord completely, leaving our cares and worries in His strong hands and fully enjoying His love and affection for us.
If we are seeking to become like children and have this type of faith, remember that we can pray for anything according to His will and He will grant it. It is His desire and will that we would have this type of faith in Him and that we would be His children fully enjoying all of His benefits.
In Christ, you are a child of God. He loves you as the perfect Father. His desires are for your good. His love and grace for you cannot be measured. There is nothing that can separate you from His love and nothing worthy of your worry. His care is eternal, His ability is boundless, and His plan is perfect. Run into His arms that will never drop you and look into His face that will never turn away from you.