“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
The music video for “Keep Me a Child” by King’s Choir sends chills through my soul each time I watch it. Think back to your childhood, what were your favorite things that you did with your dad? Did you go for hikes, fishing, play catch? I remember playing tea party with my dad. He would sit on the couch while I dressed him up in my best dress up clothes, and we had make believe tea. Thank’s dad for enduring that for me by the way.
Maybe you didn’t have a dad. Maybe he wasn’t there for you like mine was, or like so many others had. Maybe you did have a dad, but he wasn’t present in your life. If this was your situation, how are you able to see God as a Father? How are you able to understand His love for you? Do you compare God to your dad, or lack thereof? Please understand that I am not making light of the dad situation in our present day and time. Dads are an extremely vital aspect of our lives. Something a mom just can’t compare to. I tend to believe that this is the way God designed the dad’s role. God is our Father, and I think he had a certain plan in mind to bind our hearts to Him through the understanding of what a father’s role is here in this world.
The unfortunate part is that because of the devastating amount of sin that we have in this world, our view of God as a Father is lacking significantly. We have dads who abandon families, dads who don’t even know we ever existed. We have dads who abuse and dads who neglect. We have dads who just don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, there are probably just as many moms in our culture who do the same things, but I specifically pick dads out in this case because our view of our Heavenly Father needs to change. Let me say this very strongly, WE CAN NOT COMPARE OUR EARTHLY DAD TO OUR HEAVENLY DAD. They are just not the same. First of all, let’s look at what the Bible says about His presence in our lives. “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 You can always trust that the Lord your God will be near you. He will never leave you, even though your earthly father may have. “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zepheniah 3:17 Again, He is always in your midst, He takes great joy in you, His love is all around you.
Now, let’s look at what it says about His love for you. In 1 Peter 5:6-7 He tells us to cast out all anxiety because God cares for us. Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Unlike many earthly dads, God is not easily angered if we make a mistake. He has steadfast (defined as firm or unwavering) love for us that is unchanging. Romans 5:8 says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Now tell me, who can say that they have met someone in this world who would love them no matter what they did? No matter if they committed the most horrific crime or not?
There are countless verses throughout the Bible that signify who God is, and what He stands for. The point is, that if you are His child, His love is all around you and will never forsake you. Understanding that kind of love is pretty much impossible if we continue to compare Him to our dads here.
Now let’s come full circle here. God says in Matthew 18:3 that you must be like a child or you WILL NOT enter the kingdom of God. In the music video attached you see the girl feeling abandoned and unloved by her earthly dad. He was not there when she needed him to be. So as she got older, she started to “grow up” in her mind as well. She started to seek for that love she was lacking in other men. She was His child, but was becoming the opposite of that. She realized once it was too late that that was not the kind of love that she needed or wanted. She needed the love and affirmation of her Heavenly Father. One that was there no matter what and would never hurt or abandon her. God was chasing her all along, and if she would have just stayed still, she could have avoided the whole mess of trying to find Him. In the end, He did get to her, and made her new again. She now became His child through His redemptive work and was able to abide with Him.
Who have you become? Have you become like a child to Him even if you are 99 years old? Or have you strayed away from Him loving TRUE fatherly arms and tried to do things your own way? Remember one simple thing. His word is unchanging through the ages, and if it is unchanging then that means that the steadfast love He had for us once, He still has for us today, regardless of what we do or have done.