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Fearlessness and faith go hand-in-hand

 


Well, it’s been five months since I last wrote about our new grandson. Then, he was four months old; now he’s nine months and venturing out as far and as fast as he’s allowed to go.

Take your eyes off him for not even a minute and you’ll find him at the top of the stairs. Baby gates are worth every penny.

The kid is fearless. He’s not at all concerned about the potential pitfalls. We would prefer he treat the stairs like K2, and be outfitted with a helmet, carabiners, ropes, and a harness. Strangely, he hasn’t asked for those.

Fortunately our kids are right there watching him and keeping him safe. I observe how they have a hand right behind his backside in case he slips going up. They follow his progress, encouraging him along the way, as if reaching the top landing equated to conquering the mountain.

My other observation is that Bernard never looks back. It’s not even in his awareness that climbing those stairs could be dangerous.

And don’t get me started on his strategy for going down the stairs. He is just now trying to figure out that minor inconvenience but as you might guess, so far it’s always head first. He’s not quite at the point where he understands the benefits of going down backwards. As far as I can tell, he just believes someone will be there to watch over him. He thinks his job is to conquer those stairs; it’s our job to keep him safe. That takes a good chunk of faith and trust.

By now I’m guessing you’ve already figured out the point of this story: Fearlessness and faith go hand-in-hand.

Fearlessness comes from confidence in something, whether it be confidence in your climbing equipment, confidence in your parents, or confidence in God.

The common thread connecting three famous children in the Bible, Samuel (prophet), Mary (mother of Jesus), and David (Goliath-slayer), is that they all placed their trust in God. Faith … faith that the Lord of the universe would always be there.

Jesus Christ said this in Mark 10:14b-15: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

A childlike faith (not a childish faith) in God gives you the courage to stand in any circumstance, knowing your father in heaven will never let you out of his grasp or take his eyes off you.

James 4:6-7 says this: “But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

In other words, remain humble and submit yourself to God, your whole self. Resist the devil. That means stand firm; don’t be afraid. The devil can look and sound scary, and even seem invincible.

He will try to trick you into thinking you can’t win against him. But be fearless. Speak the Bible right to his face. Prayer and God’s Word are the two most powerful weapons you have, and they’re right at your fingertips. Understand and speak with the authority and power you have in Jesus Christ. And the Bible says Satan will flee from you.

What does that do? It builds your faith.

That’s how you become fearless! And armed with that confidence, no mountain of stairs will ever be too high for you.

 

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