Daily Readings: Exodus 1-2, Proverbs 4, Matthew 17
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Faith the size of a mustard seed is a concept that can frequently be a stumbling block for many Christians today. I have often had a hard time wrapping my mind around the miraculous works that God does in our lives and through our lives. Where this struggle becomes particularly pronounced for me is when I am required to trust in God’s timing. In the Western World we want to take these words from Jesus and change it slightly. We prefer the version of the verse that goes a little something like this:
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move…immediately upon the snap of your fingers!”
We want our faith to result in magic trick style miracles. We want miracles that can clearly be seen as supernatural in the moment that they occur. The man was blind one moment and the very next moment his sight returns! A dear friend had a serious medical condition and then it was gone without explanation!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have known many people personally that have experienced these types of miracles in their own lives. It is amazing to see God work in these ways and nothing short of awe inspiring when it happens! God wants us to pray with conviction for the miraculous.
However, God’s miraculous works in our lives are not always instantaneous. Sometimes they take place overs years or even decades. Occasionally the miracle is instantaneous…but not until a significant time later. We saw this back with the story of Abraham and Sarah. The moment Sarah became pregnant was a an unexplainable, instantaneous, medical miracle…that they had to wait 25 years for. How is our faith when we are made to wait? How is our faith when we are required to truly let go of our plan in a given situation and trust that God has a much bigger plan than we can ever comprehend?
Faith the size of a mustard seed.
I think we would all prefer a setup where we are allowed to have faith the size of a mountain…for 6-12 hours!
Jesus wants us to simply have faith the size of a mustard seed…that has staying power! Faith that withstands the storms in our life. Faith that is unwavering even if the outcomes of our prayers don’t go exactly the way we expect. Faith that embraces that God’s plan is frequently a marathon and not a sprint.
That is the type of faith I know that I want in my life!
Thought to ponder
In what areas of my life have I tried to put God into a box and wanted him to answer my prayers on my terms and on my timeline?