Emerge Devotion No. 14
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.
As we grow older and things around us become more complicated with the demands of life, the challenge is to stay simple—to stay simple and have a childlike faith in Christ.
When I was young, there was a Chinese kids’ program entitled 十万个为什么. In it, lots of questions were being asked, such as, “Why is the sky blue? Why is grass green? Why are birds able to fly? Why? Why? And more Whys?”
Oftentimes, in our walk with God, we too have different whys that we want to ask God. “Why is our breakthrough not coming? Why is it so hard to remain pure? Why is our miracle not here yet?” It is important to note that there is a difference between a Pharisee asking a question and a child asking a question—although both have many questions. One asks out of pride, to prove Jesus wrong; while the other asks because there is a deep desire to know Jesus more.
An even more beautiful characteristic of a child is that he believes easily. You can tell a child the most amazing (and unbelievable) story and they will actually believe it.
We are called believers, our job is to keep believing—in God’s promises, and in His Word—even when it doesn’t make sense to the world.
The world says “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” But the Word says, “love your enemies, and let God be your Judge.”
The world says, “beat the rat race, backstab, gossip, do whatever it takes to climb to the top.” But the Word says, “be lowly in heart, serve, and when you humble yourself you will be exalted.”
I want to encourage you to remain childlike, be simple in heart and be a believer. His promises are Yes and in Him, Amen.