The following are excerpts from a paper written a few years ago by a then 8-year-old boy named Danny Dutton, from Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it for his third-grade homework assignment, to “explain God”. What great lessons from this little child!
One point Danny made was this: “God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.”
Do you leave your praying up to the preacher? Mature Christians ought to pray more often than just at bedtime & before meals (I Thess 5:17). And how much more could we do for God if we’d turn off our televisions more often?
He continued, “God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.”
Ever waste your time whining about something you think you “need” or “deserve,” knowing that it’s probably not what’s best for you spiritually? Children don’t monopolize the business of childishness.
Finally, listen to this last section: “Jesus is God’s Son. He tried to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.”
Do you have the childlike faith that is necessary to compel you to obey God?
Danny concluded, “But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you.”
God has done His part. What will you do?—Darrell Powell