Who hasn’t at one point or another wished that they could be a kid again?
Childhood is considered by many as an ideal time of life, full of wonder, excitement, and imagination. However, every person who has ever lived can only visit this stage temporarily. We all have to grow up eventually, whether we like it or not; that’s just a fact of life. Yet we are not required to lose that childhood spirit of unwavering belief.
Most people consider adulthood’s rite of passage to be a shedding of youthful innocence in every sense of the word, and sentence themselves to a jaded, cynical mindset that seldom hopes for anything. They allow their accumulated negative earthly experiences and circumstances to disillusion them, leaving little to no room for true inner peace and joy. Sadly, this despondent condition can also be found among many professing Christians, not just the lost souls who don’t know the Lord.
Sometimes Christians fall into the hidden sin of bitterness, which can stem from a multitude of different reasons. Whatever bad things they have faced in life can cause them to become angry with God and lose faith in Him if they aren’t careful. We are all familiar with this common situation, but the root of this problem is simply this – unbelief.
For some reason people tend to accept the false idea that becoming an adult means you must automatically stop believing in anything good. This type of unbelief covers a wide range of emotions, from growing resentment to complete apathy. While it is natural to expect such feelings to result from living in a fallen world cursed by sin, as Christians we place ourselves in a dangerous position when we get lost in the dark forest of unbelief. We lose sight of the path before us because we’re too busy focusing on trying to find our own way. We run the risk of forgetting God’s goodness and questioning His holiness. Before we know it, we see the world differently than we used to, and we are transformed into different people as well.
“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” – Alice
Just like Alice from Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we are merely confused, small children in large bodies, wandering aimlessly in the adult world, trying to make sense of our ever-changing surroundings. We lose our “muchness,” or the carefree innocence and anything-is-possible mindset that we possess as young children. Instead of believing that God can do anything, we feebly ask ourselves, “Can God really do this for me? Why would He want me to be happy?” If only we knew how much it grieves our Heavenly Father when He hears us ask such questions!
If we know the Lord as our personal Savior, we are the adopted children of God! He wants what is best for us, and knows what will give us lasting happiness in our lives. Our Heavenly Father wants us to reclaim our “muchness” in spite of whatever tough circumstances we have faced. In other words, He wants us to have steadfast faith in Him, just like a child readily accepts and believes that anything is possible. We are expected to have a childlike faith to receive salvation, so naturally we must keep that same faith regarding everything else in our lives.
Here are some verses from God’s Word to help us reclaim our “muchness”:
Hebrews 10:23 ~ “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Matthew 17:20 ~ “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Matthew 19:26 ~ “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Luke 18:16-17 ~ “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, ‘Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.'”
God’s Word tells us that anything is possible with Him, just like when we were children and believed in anything we wanted to. However, the main difference is, God’s power is a wonderful reality, contrary to what we dream of in our imaginations! Like little children, we can reach up and grasp His strong, loving hand, expecting His goodness to take care of us. The truth is, though we may grow up, we never have to grow out of our “muchness” and unwavering belief: we can live as pure, innocent children resting in the power and safety of our Father’s hands.
– Gloria D. Hopkins