Simple trust in knowing Him as the loving Father is the key to understanding God.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”

Matthew 11:25-26

A few years ago, Mike Slaughter wrote a book entitled Unlearning Church. What he meant by that is that in order to really reach people and be effective for the Kingdom, often we need to clear out, or “unlearn”, some things which we have assumed to be the ways things are done.

We rely upon our own wisdom, or upon conventional wisdom, because it is our default – the time-honored way to approach a problem. The Pharisees and scholars of Jesus’ day saw the world through the lens of the Rabbinic scholarship of Moses’ writings. They spent a great deal of time parsing words, analyzing behaviors, and generally trying to reduce God’s word into tight phrases and sayings which could be legally applied to every situation.

Jesus saw little children as innocent, trusting people who would simply respond to the love of a Father. The knowledge of God is so profound that it must be profoundly simple. God wanted to give us a picture of himself in the person of Jesus. When we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father. Jesus was disappointed that His disciples, who knew Him best, still failed to see the simple picture of God as personified in Jesus.

God is an enigma to those who try to make Him obscure and hard to find. Simple trust in knowing Him as the loving Father is the key to understanding God. He said that we will find rest for our souls in trusting Him, for His yoke is easy and the burden is light. This does not mean that life is easy- it often is not easy. But the life-long goal of knowing God is not a burden; it lifts our burdens.

Maybe the word that Jesus gave was, “throw away all the pre-conceived notions you have about God and just trust that God is among you in me”. Simple enough for a child to understand.

By John Jung

From the book Reflections: a Look at God Working in Us

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