ABC Bible Character Faith Series

Childlike Faith – A lesson from Abraham.

Written by Joan Gift

When I was a child, during Sunday school and all through the Sunday schools I attended, even at school, we used to sing a song about Father Abraham. If you know it, then this is the time to hum along and if you haven’t heard of it, let’s learn it together by focusing on the lyrics of the words.

It goes as follows; “Father Abraham, had many sons, many sons had father Abraham, I am one of them and so are you, so let us praise the Lord. Right hand… Right leg!

The song carries on, we go on singing about other parts of the body and turning around whilst enjoying the presence of the Lord (I will probably use the song to teach my kids, nieces and nephews how to memorise the parts of the body). Without digressing, have you ever thought about what it truly means to be a son/daughter of father Abraham? A saying goes, “children take after their parents.” Even we, as children of God, have been called to live and be constantly transformed into the image of God who is our Heavenly Father. The apostle Paul cautions us, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18. In this faith series, we will take a lesson from father Abraham and I pray that as you practice and meditate on what you’ve learnt, tremendous things will begin to take place in your life to the glory of His name.

Father Abraham originally known as Abram was a man who was called by God to leave his native county and relatives to go to a land that the Lord would show him. Some of us might also know that he was granted a son in his old age. There is generally a lot to his life and we can find his story in the book of Genesis from Chapters 12 to 25. But, how did Abraham come to know the Lord? I am not quite sure because he was from a family that were astrologers. They worshipped the moon, stars and other gods and yet he chose to listen to the voice of God that told him to separate himself for “greener pastures” as we would call them in this generation. One would render Abraham mad, for who would get up and leave what he or she is accustomed to, to a land that he or she is unfamiliar with and never even heard of? Crazy right? And yet, Abraham did.

Child-like faith is crazy faith. It is one built on relationships and complete trust without logic or compromise. It is one of total surrender. No wonder Jesus tells us in Mathew 18:3 “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Just as a child trusts his or her parents completely to feed him or her regardless of the odds, our father in heaven desires that we trust him. To always rely on His word regardless of what may be surrounding us.

Mind you, there are many cases where Father Abraham portrayed childlike faith, but this particular verse stood out for me; “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” – Genesis‬ 15‬:6‬, NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬. Abraham hoped even when the situation didn’t seem hopeful. The previous verses refer to the conversation between Abraham and God. It’s in this conversation that Abraham talks about his concerns of not having an heir and God gives him a promise that he believed would come to pass and when we read on we see that it indeed came to pass ‬‬‬

Some of us may be going through one thing or the other. Even after hearing a word from God through bible studies and services, or even quiet time, we still fall into depression or still let the enemy rob us of our joy. I just want to encourage you to believe, believe that you are loved, believe that God will make a way, believe that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, believe that the one who started the good work in you and every area of your life will surely accomplish it, believe that His Word is yes and Amen, believe that His word never returns to Him null and void for it must accomplish the task for which it was sent. Believe that He is the almighty and Yet He loves you so dearly and is interested in every detail of your life.

I was asking myself, what made Abraham believe so easily? I came to an understanding that sometimes belief is a mindset. You must make up your mind to trust what God says even when it doesn’t look like it. I remember a day I was trusting God for money to get my hair plaited. I made an appointment with the hairdresser. The appointment day reached and I went to the hairdresser telling myself that God, my expectations will not be cut short because it says so in your word. I sang it in my head even while they were plaiting my hair and lo and behold I received a message that I had received the money. I received it amidst the plaiting. Why am I sharing this? Reading and meditating on the word of God will help you make what started as a mind belief into a heart belief. Sometimes, we have to force our logic to swallow the word of God, to help us focus less on our surroundings or the odds we are facing and more on Jesus Christ.

Child-like faith is the action steps we take as we believe God for things or most importantly for who He is. Childlike faith is out of love for the father. Because you believe in God, you choose not to do certain things, Childlike faith will require you to let God function as Lord over your life, i.e. to let him guide you in everything that you do, just like he guided Abraham to the promised land, not even him, Abraham, knew where he was going. This further shows us that it is only God who can lead us to the fullness of His promises. We can never know them to the end. Abraham only knew that he was going to a land but God led him to Canaan.

May God give us the grace to surrender all to him and believe completely and trust him completely in all things not just in the things we think He can handle. Sometimes, we are picky with what we want God to handle. We want to choose for him but just like Abraham, let us believe and trust His guidance and it shall end in praise. Whatever that area is, that is difficult for you, even that area that you enjoy, and yet you know it’s not what God may want for you may you find the strength to trust and surrender.
Remember that No one trusted God in the bible and ended in tears of sorrow

Be blessed brethren
Till next time
I remain a fellow co-labourer in Christ, Joan Gift.
Shalom

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Claire

November 4, 2022

Great work,
May we the Lord teach us to surrender all to him

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Lauretta

November 4, 2022

Amen! Thanks for your time Claire.

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Edwin Agaba Bwambale

November 8, 2022

I love this… “Child-like faith is crazy faith. It is one built on relationships and complete trust without logic or compromise.”
May God give me such a faith as this!

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Lauretta

November 8, 2022

Amen! A prayer for us all.

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Joshua Kats

November 15, 2022

Amen. We all need this childlike faith

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