When I was young, before being “saved,” or born-again, I was always asking questions of a “religious” nature. I expected those adults around me to know the answers, but more often than not, it was an answer like, “it just is, or you ask too many questions!” I have since learned that I can go to the Lord and if I’m willing to listen, He’s willing to speak. Oh yes, I may not ALWAYS understand but He DOES answer! One night recently, like so many other nights, sleep took a detour in coming. But, I usually use the time to let the Holy Spirit speak to me or I send up my prayers for others, most of the time a combination of both. That night was no different and the Holy Spirit spoke some things to me that allowed me to not just reminisce but to meditate on just how rich the LIVING WORD of God truly is!
Matthew 18:1-5, At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.”
Anybody who is a parent, an aunt or uncle, or has spent any time at all around children can relate to what the Master is speaking of in the above Scriptures. But as teachers and preachers we have a tendency to teach in very narrow ways. We speak of the innocence of children and how we have to have that kind of innocence to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. We don’t usually meditate beyond that, but what is it that makes children so special?
I’ll give you a hint; it starts with “why, why, why, why, etc., etc.!” How many parents can attest to becoming exasperated with the constant questioning of a little tyke to something that to them is of the utmost importance.
The great cartoonist Charles Schulz was not just the creator of the Peanuts cartoon series but a Christian who loved to demonstrate his faith in the child-like characters of his cartoon series. I particularly love the animated series brought to television audiences all over the world. The world of Charlie Brown is a child’s world that characterizes the innocence AND curiosity of children of all ages! I love how the children had voices and the adults were characterized by a sound track of “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah” with audible musical tones!! So much for the wisdom of adults!!!
Mr. Schulz knew what it was our Redeemer was speaking of concerning the attributes of children! In their innocence you can find a simple wisdom, unswerving faith, true loyalty and an incessant curiosity, innocence is just what fuels all that!
When I was a young boy, I was raised in a church environment quite different from the one that I teach in today. But it was to be the foundation of the path that the Holy Spirit would lead me too, today. In that simpler time, I ALWAYS had questions and even though I was brought to church most every Sunday, it was my step-mom who used to answer (or at least attempt too, to her credit) the questions I constantly had about God, religion, why we’re here and so forth! Those questions carried me through my teen years, (I’m sure much to her consternation) until I visited a small local neighborhood church and found the source for answers to my questions.
Now, can you imagine your Heavenly Father, sitting attentively on His Magnificent throne and listening to all the constant questioning of why, why, why?? Now understand, one of His attributes is patience or forbearance, so HE doesn’t get exasperated with the constant questioning. Can you imagine the smile growing across His face with just some of the questions being asked??
The whole point I took this long to make is that the innocence that so many of us teach and preach on concerning little children is only the “fuel” that lends power to what truly makes us little children in our Heavenly Father’s eyes! The curiosity that causes us to ask questions concerning things of the Spirit is the beginning of our ability to LISTEN for the answers. You see, our Heavenly Father, unlike the adults in the Peanut cartoons, doesn’t just go, blah, blah, blah, but actually answers our questions with substance. The truth is, we have to have the willingness of little children to also HEAR the answers!
That curiosity in the spiritual hands of the Holy Spirit, in actuality can unlock the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven! Without that curiosity, we wouldn’t even be the least bit interested. That’s what happens, so sadly, to those that lose that child-like attitude of wondering why and how! You want to be able to do what the Bible says is possible and to “come boldly to the throne of grace,” Hebrews 4:16a, and what better way to approach our Heavenly Father then truly as His children!
In the heart of the Spirit, there is probably no better thing to be able to state to our Heavenly Father than, “I’m just wondering how/why/what” and then waiting expectantly for the answer! God Bless to ALL my brothers and sisters in the Lord who are not still afraid to ask questions of their Heavenly Father!!