A little child

When we look at how Jesus loved the little children that parents brought to Him for a blessing, how do we get our own priority rightly aligned with Him – our only hope is in Jesus.

This episode with the children teaches us to hope – He graciously received these children and He has not forgotten us.  As we commit ourselves to being followers of Jesus, let us be disposed to become as little children. 

With the amiable simplicity of children, let’s put ourselves into the hands of Jesus and refer ourselves to His pastoral and parental care.  May we be born again by His Spirit and formed anew by His grace.  Only then can we participate in the inheritance and become children of God through the resurrection.

When we become helpless we become hopeful.  Jesus sees those coming as children as those who belong to the kingdom of God.  They come to Jesus with the help of others.  There is hope and expectation when we talk about being part of the family of God.  We do not know all that we need, but we know we need the help of others.  We may bring nothing ourselves but empty hands – actually, empty hands can be filled.

If our attitude in this world is to – expect the worst, hope for the best – we need this message today.  The more we trust and believe by faith, the more we will begin to live in the freedom that God is in control.

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”  And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. – Mark 10:13-16

This Little Child – Scott Wesley Brown

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May the Lord do what seems good to Him

We may hope in God’s blessing. Unfortunately, not all people find their hope and trust in God and in His salvation. 

The Bethlehem Baptist Church Elder Affirmation of Faith has this paragraph that describes the sovereignty of God —

“We believe that God upholds and governs all things—from galaxies to subatomic particles, from the forces of nature to the movements of nations, and from the public plans of politicians to the secret acts of solitary persons—all in accord with His eternal, all-wise purposes to glorify Himself, yet in such a way that He never sins, nor ever condemns a person unjustly; but that His ordaining and governing all things is compatible with the moral accountability of all persons created in His image.”

It is this kind of boldness and hope in the face of defeat that depends on this kind of stance when it comes to who God is and how He moves and that is why Joab’s simple expression when surrounded by such a vase army on both sides was so priceless.

When you are in moments where you know you cannot win – hoping to achieve but unable to do so because you are taking shortcuts like looking for peace but unwilling to surrender, looking for joy but not wanting to obey, looking for a closer walk with God while pushing Him away – surrendering to Him is far sweeter than going it alone without Him.

I love that God revealed to us stories like this one involving Joab in His written word and by delivering it to us, guaranteeing it – without His word we would be without hope. 

Be strong, and let us be courageous for the sake of our people, and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” – 2 Samuel 10:12

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