Digressions: (Part 1…Childish or Childlike? )

Scripture References;

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.10 But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.12 For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. (M)Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, (N) as I am fully known. (O)13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, (P) and love.But the greatest of these is love. 1Corinthians 13:9-13 HCSB

13 Some (Z) people were bringing little children (AA) to Him so He might touch them, but His disciples rebuked (AB) them. 14 When Jesus saw it, He was indignant (AC) and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. (AD) Don’t stop (AE) them, for the kingdom of God (AF) belongs to such as these. 15 I assure you: (AG) Whoever does not welcome (AH) [c] the kingdom of God like a little child (AI) will never enter it.” 16 After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on (AJ) them and blessed (AK) them.Mark 10:13-16 HCSB

1 There was a man from the Pharisees (A) named Nicodemus, (B) a ruler (C) of the Jews. 2 This man came to Him at night and said, ” Rabbi, (D) we know that You have come from God (E) as a teacher, (F) for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him.” (G) 3 Jesus replied, ” I assure you: Unless someone is born again, (H) [a] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (I) 4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, ” I assure you: Unless someone is born (J) of water and the Spirit, (K) [b] he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6Whatever is born of the flesh (L) is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit (M) is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you [c] must be born (N) again. 8 The wind [d] blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. (O) So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (P)  9 “How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus. 10 “Are you a teacher [e] of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. 11 ” I assure you: (Q) We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you [f] do not accept Our testimony. [g] 12 If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven? 13 No one has ascended (R) into heaven (S) except the One who descended from heaven (T) —the Son of Man. (U) [h] 14 Just as Moses (V) lifted up the snake in the wilderness, (W) so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in Him will [i] have eternal life. (X) John 3:1-15 HCSB

I know that Paul instructs us in the Corinthians passage to put aside childish things, but not all things that children do are “childish things”. The Lord often revealed both Himself and things concerning “The kingdom of God” to the young and the “uneducated”. Childlike faith always pleases Him. He has so often revealed His precious truth to those who do not require lengthy explanations. I have often sought those types of explanations, and at times they have been a source of help; they do have their place. I am just thankful that they aren’t always necessary.

I enjoy reading books by L.M. Montgomery. I haven’t yet read “The Story Girl” , but I hope to one of these days. Here is a quote I found from that book:

“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”

Please don’t misunderstand the use of the above quote, and think that I would ever compare the truth contained in scripture to a fairytale. I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and is inerrant.  I just try to remember that Christians are supposed to be stewards of the mysteries of God, and not merely scholars of some interesting school subject.

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