• Faith like a Newborn

    Infant Grasping Mother's Finger

    I recently read a statement that likened faith to the dependency of a newborn. I was fortunate enough to see this statement in action the other day in my friend’s life. She has a 3 month old beautiful baby boy whose tangible adoration for his mommy is unlike anything else, except maybe her adoration for him. As we were sitting on the sofa we were overtaken by awe at the look he had on his face, staring up at her like she was the only one in the room…or on the earth for that matter. She commented on how she is going to soak that look in for this is probably the only time in his life that he will be so completely in love, devoted, and utterly dependent on her. What an interesting thought to compare this idea to how we see God and the way He yearns for us to look to Him in the same way.

    Why do we so easily lose that kind of faith that trusts in Him with complete surrender knowing, as my friend’s infant does, that we will be fed when we’re hungry, cleaned up when we’ve made a mess of ourselves, and comforted when hurt? Is it possible as an adult who has experienced pain, disappointment, loss, or betrayal, to trust the One who promises to never fail us, with the same loyalty, love, and dependency that a newborn child gives to his mommy? The writer of Hebrews encourages his readers to be content with what they have, trusting the Lord’s promise that He “will never leave you nor forsake you” because He is the same “yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:5-8). Can you believe that God will take care of you and supply for your needs in the same trust that my friend’s son place in his mother? If not, what would it take for you to look to the Lord with the same confidence, adoration, and loyalty of an infant? Maybe it is too difficult to surrender your entire life into God’s hands. How starting small. Is there one thing you can surrender to Him today to begin walking in this faith our Father longs for us to have?

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