Back to Basics

May22

 

“Whatever He tells you, do it” (John 2:5 MSG) 

Question: is it just me or have we complicated our faith? Am I the only person on the planet who thinks that we have made a mess of it?  Do you agree or disagree? 

Faith is so simple. So child-like. Some of my earliest memories are of God. Praying on my knees by my bed at night. Chatting to my Child-Minder. Reading His Story-book. Introducing my friends to my Closest Companion. Never regretting the past, living for that day, never freaking out about the future. Never trying to storm His throne-room, leaving it all to Him. 

Why have we made something so trouble-free so troublesome? Why have we made something so clear-cut so complicated? Why have we made something so straightforward so full of twists and turns? All He asks for us is to trust Him. Plain and simple. No somersaults or cartwheels thrown in, just walking with God. No show, no parade. I wish we would get back to basics. Let’s hear what Luke 18:17 (MSG) has to say, “Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” 

Some days I find myself wishing things were like how they used to be between God and me. I want nothing more than to be able to climb into my Fathers lap and rest a while, not rushing around trying to do one hundred and one chores to satisfy the ‘god of religious activity and death of true spirituality’. I wish I could read His Word out of pure curiosity once again, desperate to find Jesus hidden between the pages, rather than box Him in a Bible study out of little more than a sense of obligation. Think about it, a child throws itself from a height into its parent’s arms with absolutely no thought. Now that’s what I call trust! That’s the way it should be with God and me. 

Question: how do you and God get on?  Has your relationship changed in any way? 

Here’s another thing. I wish we would just take note of what God’s saying and then take action. You probably think this is a little ‘over the top’ but it needs to be said. Stop trying to out-do God and just do what He says. No pause. No questions. Just do it. I hesitated when God told me to start up a girls Bible study. Snowed under with study I tried weighing things up, could I take it on? Could I squeeze it in? I analysed, probed and pondered. Not for long though, God jumped in and answered me. Here’s what He said, “Connie, just do it.” And I did. Like a child obeys its Father, that’s the way faith was designed to be. 

Bible-bones:
“The Lord protects those of childlike faith” (Psalm 116:6 NLT). Is your faith childlike, or childish?  God wants an honest answer. 

Prayer: 

Father-God I’ve been so childish wandering from Your way, I want to get back to where I belong.  So here I am, sitting at Your feet in Your Throne room… Thanks Papa for Your patience, I’m here to stay…

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