February 5, 2018 – Monday
Matthew 18:2-5 (MSG) For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”
When I was a little boy in elementary school, people would tell me, “God has a plan for you.” At that age, I had a childlike faith. I could easily grasp the idea of a God who cared enough to make a personal plan just for me. However, along the way I lost this childlike faith in God.
Looking back, it was my transition from high school to college that caused me to lose my childlike faith. I became overwhelmed by the decisions I had to make. I fell into a deep, Godless depression. My relationship with God felt like a daily disaster. Yet as my life came to a screeching halt, God never left me. He did have a plan to love me despite my issues. He was calling me with His love.
God is calling each of us, and we only need to trust him like a child does. In hard times, it is easy to lose sight of God’s love for us and fall into a selfish state of mind. As Christian public servants, we must always be aware of God and that He is with us always. He has a plan for our lives. The plan is never destroyed and it is never forgotten, because God never leaves us. He is our Father.
As you go to work today, challenge yourself to remember God has a loving plan for you, and He will never forget His plan. Ask Him to give you that childlike faith again.
Lord, help me have a childlike faith once again so that when I tackle the tough issues facing me today I remember Your love for me. Help me trust You as a little child trusts his father. Give me patience, understanding, and wisdom while at work and remind me of Your endless love. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Chip Harrell, M.A.
J.D. Candidate and President
Student Bar Association
School of Law
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA