14th – 15th February
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Jesus’ disciples had just attempted to cast out the demon that possessed a young boy. To their dismay and the boy’s father’s dismay, they just could not cast this demon out. However Jesus turns to the boy, rebukes the evil spirit and it leaves him.
After the event the disciples question Jesus as to why they could not do what He just did. Jesus’ answer is so simple…”Because you didn’t have enough faith.” At first glance it seems as if Jesus’ answer is rather harsh, but actually He was simply pointing out a very basic truth. A little faith leads to big miracles. Jesus gives an example again of the simple small mustard seed. He says that if His disciples had the faith of that small mustard seed then they could command mountains to move. The disciples had already seen so much of God’s magnitude through Jesus’ miracles on earth. They saw Jesus feeding hungry crowds, His transfiguration on the mountain, and even Peter affirmed that Jesus was the Messiah. Yet still they could not muster up enough faith between them to rebuke this demon from the young boy.
Yet Jesus promised that if we have enough faith, we can move mountains. The perspective we need to look from, when facing mountains in our own lives, is one that doesn’t look at the size of the problem, but looks at the enormity of a God who can help us overcome anything. Nothing is impossible for God and nothing is impossible for those who have the faith of a mustard seed. The interesting thing is that to believe in God requires much more faith that a mustard seed so we are already half way there. All we need to do is continue to walk in a lifestyle of complete trust, knowing that a prayer offered up in faith, in accordance with God’s will, shall be answered.