Matthew 18:3-4 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Driving back from an appointment we picked up a special treat of dark hot chocolate milk at our favorite chocolate store. After returning onto the highway, my 4yr old daughter yells so definitively at me, “Mamma, hand me a napkin.” It struck me, as she was so sure that I would have exactly what she needed at that precise moment, while I was driving.
Yes, I just happened to have napkins shoved in the pocket of my door, but it occurred to me, how much more does God have everything we need? More importantly, we need to know ‘with the faith of a child’ that He has everything we need at all times.
It’s not the first time she’s assumed I had exactly what she needed, just ready to hand to her. My daughter has so much faith and trust in me. It made me think, that’s how we need to be with God, and His promises.
One of my favorite promises of God is found in Ephesians 1:3 ‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.’ On this side of eternity, we often don’t realize how to apply these blessings to our everyday life.
To me, these spiritual blessings are without limit, as it says ‘every spiritual blessing’. These include but are not limited to salvation, forgiveness, closeness to Father through Christ, the hope of being with Him forever, and fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
My daughter needed a napkin with urgency, and trusted that I had it. Her moment was messy. As adults, our lives can be messy, and through prayer and being in the word, we can know and ask with certainty the spiritual blessings we need, and know for certainty that He will give it to clean up our mess. The words ‘has blessed us’ is so encouraging and emboldening to me. It’s already done. We have every spiritual blessing. Knowing this, our prayer is really just for us to receive what He’s already laid out for us.
I remember one time I was going through a mini mess of my own, through which I needed God’s peace to fill me. At that point though, I hadn’t put my finger on which blessing in particular, just that I was seeking Him to help me. And that was ok, God knew what I needed.
Seek and you shall find, right? So, between soaking in scripture, prayer and the Lord playing the right song at the right time, He handed me the right kind of napkin for my mess, which just happened to be His peace. It was already freely available, I just had to use it. That day, my friend, the Lord was definitely carrying me, and coddling me under His wing in His restoring embrace. Just finding a place to be still in the Lord helped me receive His peace, while refocusing on Him, His character, His heart, His presence and His adequacy to provide through the temporal struggle.
When we find ourselves not strong enough to overcome a difficulty, let’s remember with faith like a child that, Jesus is. He provides us with the way.
Dear Jesus, Help me to abide in You with the faith of a child. You are everything I need and exceedingly more. ~ Amen
Matthew 7:7-8 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Psalm 19:14 ‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer’.