Oh, to be a child again, huh? Sure, we all have those thoughts on occasion… more and more frequently as we face toils, fears, anxieties from our world. To ‘run home to mommy/daddy’, sometimes seems like the only valid choice at times! Those days of innocence are quite envying, but we all know we can’t remain there, that we must progress, grow, mature. I recently read 1 Corinthians 13:11, which reminds us; “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.“
Party Pooper, huh! But, as I reflect back on the inner struggle that went on in my life through that ‘put away childish things’ process, I recognized it was really fear that was keeping me ‘hiding behind my mothers skirt’, as it were… somewhat afraid to step out in faith, to trust the Lord, to be my own man, to fear God more than humans. Then, I came across Proverbs 29:25, which states; “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.“, and also this passage in Psalms 23:4, that boldly declares; “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Seems sort of easy to ‘grow up’, actually. Well, the inner sense of innocence is to remain safe and sound, protected, guarded, secure. But, we all know our fellowship with God is not a childish one. He still admonishes us to receive His grace ‘as a child’, and to trust with that innocent faith, to keep that eagerness to learn, grow, even explore… keeping our Inner Sense of Innocence… keeping our faith pure, fresh, and certainly true.