Childhood has been behind me for more than two-decades but I still remember some of the Children’s songs I sang when I was still attending Sunday school in a mid-sized church in Bacolod City. I am sure that the lines “My God is so big…” ignites childhood memories even to some people my age here in Manila. “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty. There is nothing my God cannot do,” we sang in gusto with my several kababata in the children’s room. I am happy that most of them are active in their ministries even those who went overseas already. Children’s songs then exemplifies the children’s strong faith in God, a faith that does not doubt but believes obediently that God indeed is so strong and so mighty in one’s life.
Such image of faith is what Jesus was trying to invoke when he said: ““I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3, NIV 1984. Indeed, to believe in a God we cannot see, we must have that same amount of enthusiastic faith as the children have. Recollecting the experiences of our childhood ’til now, how have we developed our faith? It is a shame that sometimes when children grow up, they shed off faithfulness in their lives as they experience hardships and turmoil. How much faithfulness have I shed since I was a little child? Many indeed. I have gone through a lot of challenges and oftentimes questioned God in His own faithfulness. I once thought God changed His dealings with me but, did He?
I often heard of children shaming their parents in the faithfulness that they show and exude. We have a reason to be ashamed of our own doubt. God proclaims His vexology of faithfulness in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” God actually reminds us of this many times in the Bible but we often ignore His proclamation of love for us. How can we be so unfaithful when we have a faithful God Who promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us? How can we continue to offend such a loving God with our sinfulness?
It is important to note that faith is not a self-conscious effort from our part but a gift of grace made complete by the finished work of Christ on the cross. For us to have faith, we must shun our very own sinfulness and turn back to surrender our life to the only faithful and wise God who made all things possible through His Son, Jesus Christ. As much as faithfulness have been shed bare from our childhood faith, the sacrifice of love and grace give us the chance to be renewed. Nothing is too late while we still live because God’s will is effective and overarching every single obstacles that hinders our way to Him. God has always been the same, He has always been that big God that is strong and mighty and will always be in our past, present and future.