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Devotional Thought : 1 John 5:4

November 5, 2008

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

Often, it seems like faith is such a weak and foolish thing, yet we know, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:28).

Our faith in God is like a child’s faith in their parent. When I became a mother, I had the noble goal of taking my children’s questions seriously and giving them honest answers. I quickly discovered that children are big enough to ask questions, long before they are big enough to understand the answers. Sometimes I was disappointed that I couldn’t explain things in ways they could understand, but I noticed that it didn’t bother them. They accepted the fact there were things they didn’t understand. Likewise, children don’t worry about paying the bills or fixing the car. They simply trust their parents to take care of them.

This verse is telling us when we exercise child-like trust we achieve a significant victory. By exercising faith we demonstrate our belief in an all-wise, good, and loving God. We accept there will be things we don’t understand. When we have child-like trust we don’t need all our questions answered or all our uncertainties dealt with.

Still, it’s not easy to trust. Sometimes we feel like God is somehow cheating on us and deliberately keeping information from us. When we find ourselves in those situations, where God doesn’t seem to provide satisfactory explanations, then it’s time to remember we are his children. We can trust God, just like our children trust us.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

4 thoughts on “Devotional Thought : 1 John 5:4”

  1. In the old Bible I keep on my desk at work this verse is dated – 12/29/98 and there is a reference noted – John 16:33.
    Isn’t it funny how things that go around, usually come around too.
    Good thoughts here.
    Oh, the aged John calls those to whom he’s writing “little children.” I suppose he means for us to have faith like that.

  2. In the old Bible I keep on my desk at work this verse is dated – 12/29/98 and there is a reference noted – John 16:33.
    Isn’t it funny how things that go around, usually come around too.
    Good thoughts here.
    Oh, the aged John calls those to whom he’s writing “little children.” I suppose he means for us to have faith like that.

  3. Thanks Jerald for dropping by. John 16:33 does fit well with this. If we had more child-like trust I think we would have more peace.

  4. Thanks Jerald for dropping by. John 16:33 does fit well with this. If we had more child-like trust I think we would have more peace.

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