You have ... revealed them to little children

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

There is a spiritual knowledge that can only be received by spiritual children who have not learned to rely on their heads for information. Sadly, I can relate to leading a religious life where my head continued to trump my heart. This verse in Proverbs 3 changed that aspect of my life when I began to fully embrace it:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
The religious side of me bristles at the idea that following God is not about following rules.. I love rules because I can use them to follow God.. of course that is exactly the way that the Pharisees lived. To them, and to us, Jesus tells us that following God and understanding spiritual truth is not about religious rules.

When I think about children I first consider how much these little ones love. Is there anything more endearing than the innocent way that children accept what their parents say as truth. Children are believing. Children have not learned to rely on their own understanding. They know what it is to trust with ALL of their heart.

Lord, I give you all of my adult religious filters. Give me the heart of a child.

1 comment:

  1. So true, we have learn to see things as little chidren at times to see God.

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