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Thursday, March 24, 2016

God Is Always Available

In review of Matthew 19:13-14 it says, Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” Matthew 19:13-14 NIV

Today's passage comes from middle of Matthew chapter 19 in which we see Jesus allowing the children to come to him. In these passages we see that on one particular day some parents had brought their children to Jesus so that he could lay his hands on them and pray for them.

The disciples, still didn't really get it. They saw this as just an irritant and scolded the parents from coming and bothering Jesus.  

Jesus replied, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Then he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

In this passage we see another lesson Jesus provides to his disciples about who the Kingdom is for and the type of heart that will inherit it. Jesus again uses the example of a child to illustrate the innocence and faith that a child can show. God's Kingdom belongs to those who have hearts such as these children.

By not letting the parents and children be driven away we can see the heart of the Father who is never too busy to be bothered with us.  He is always available.

In my own life, there have been times when I felt like I had really messed up. In these times I even felt as if I could not go to God because I was ashamed of what I had done.

In this passage, it is amazing to see the love that God demonstrates through Jesus. At one point, the disciples tried to stop people from bringing children to Jesus, but He said to let them come anyway. In Mark 10:14-15, Jesus explains that the kingdom of God is for those who will approach Him with childlike faith. God is always available for His children, for those who trust in Him.

I think this also means that to trust Him fully, I will have to believe in the way a child believes. The innocence and purity of a child gives the advantage of being able to trust God without any hang-ups or skewed perspectives resulting from negative life experiences.

As I decide to live with God in a place of innocent trust, I will find that He is always available. I can always approach God because I am his child. Nothing can hold me back. There is no person, sin, regret, or doubt that can keep me from God.

This morning Lord, I thank You for always being available to me, even in moments of sin or doubt. I pray that You open my eyes to trust You fully. Show me what it looks like to be Your child and to approach You with confidence and enthusiasm. I am so grateful that Your kingdom is at hand and that as a child, I receive it! In Jesus’ name.

Bottom Line:
God is always available.

What this means to me:

I can always place my trust in Him, he will always be available to me when I seek him.