Summary: How a child might describe their relationship with Christ.
Faith Like a Child - 2
My God is With Me
December 8, 2013
Jesus said something very amazing whenever some parents were bringing children to them, these parents wanted Jesus to pray for their kids, or to touch them and lay hands on them. And the disciples weren't having anything to do with that, they were like, 'No! Keep your kids away from Jesus, He's way too important for that!'
And Jesus didn't like what they were doing. He said, 'No!' And He called the disciples on it and He said, 'Let the little children come to me.' And in Mark 10:15, He said ~
15 Truly I say to you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And Jesus was teaching us that yes we can be intellectual, and yes we can be mature; but at the same time we should believe and trust in God with the innocence and faith like a little child.
Last week, we took a look from the perspective that “My God is for Me.” Today I want to look at the presence of God from a child’s perspective.
Adults may use one of the OMNI words for this one. We would refer to God’s omnipresence. That means God is everywhere; He's here, He's there, He's around the world, He's everywhere. A little child would simply say ~ My God is with me.
He's not just everywhere, we know that; but He's actually a very personal God who's with me. And presence really, really matters, especially to a child.
For example, if you leave a kid alone at a house the kid's going to freak out as soon as the house creaks or there's any kind of noise. I remember when my parents would be gone and I was home alone and I would get in bed. The house would be quiet and I would begin to hear creaking noises on the stairs. I would lay still in bed, just waiting for someone to come and get me. But, when there were people in the house, I don’t remember hearing those creaking noises. You see, a child takes great comfort in the presence of others.
Presence really matters to a child! A little kid isn't going to just say, "My God is everywhere, but my God is actually with me and that makes all of the difference in the world.
In Isaiah 41:10, I love the promise from God. This is what God says ~
So do not fear, for...
Why? Why shouldn’t you fear? Do not fear God says, "I am with you."
God tells us this, and because God says it, we can trust this is true! He said, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
That’s a great promise from God to you and I. We don’t have to fear, because God is with us, we don’t need to be discouraged or distressed, because God says, “I AM YOUR GOD.” You see, God is making this personal. And He isn’t done! God says I will strengthen and help you and will hold us up! That’s great news folks! So, whatever you’re going through, and I know there’s lots of us going through lots of different things, God is with you! Don’t doubt it, even in the midst of the raging storm!