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Assurance: Know and Go!

As a Christian during “those” teenage years, I remember struggling to gain a foothold on my faith.  I believed the truth of Jesus Christ; I trusted the message of the Gospel, and based upon all that I learned in the Bible, I knew God loved me, but I didn’t “feel” it in my emotions.  It was there that doubt crept in (no emotion equaled no faith).  I wanted, and insisted upon, an emotional experience that would convince me that God’s love for me was real.  When the experiences didn’t come I became disillusioned with my faith (I’m glad to report the disillusionment was a temporary condition).

In looking back over my Christian journey, the strongest roots of faith were established when I was about five years old, or younger.  I had very few questions, hardly a doubt in my mind and embraced the love of God with my whole heart.  I had child-like faith and I eagerly believed the truth.  Such carefree assurance in God’s love led me to pray with total trust in His goodness.  I never doubted His love or His presence.  I absolutely lived with extreme joy in Him.  I had a “know and go” faith in God.

But then I entered those teenage years where I wanted emotional confirmation of my faith.  Reasoning and logic became more important than simple faith.  [Surely grappling with our faith is an important maturation process, but I just wonder how much of our intellectual striving actually interferes with our ability to come to the saving knowledge of the simple, profound truth that God loves us.]

Jesus told adults to come to Him as a child.  How odd.  What an insult to the intellectual mind…. “He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew18: 2-4.

Now some 50 years later, my trust in God is becoming more and more child-like.  I’ve grown past my demands for spiritual experiences or iron-clad scientific proof and have settled upon His Word as completely true (He’s proven it true over and over again).  The “know and go” faith I had as a child has returned and I’m ready for anything He has for me.  What joy!  There’s no greater joy than knowing His joy.

“…whoever humbles himself like this child…”  Something worth considering as we step into this day.

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