When I grew up, and all my life, I always loved hearing stories! From people, from books, from anywhere. I liked telling stories too! One thing I discovered when I first started reading my Bible was that Jesus loved to do that too – as a matter of fact, He gave so many parables to explain things – man, they really made sense to me… One parable that Jesus used, in Matthew 17:20, was this: Jesus said, “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.”
Now apparently a mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds around and it can grow anywhere – it can grow under rocks, under water, and apparently mustard seed can grow in Israel up to 16 feet high!! You can ride underneath it on horseback!
Now Jesus was not talking about the size of the mustard seed – he was talking about the energy and the power IN the mustard seed. He likened it to faith! So it is not how MUCH faith we have, it is faith in Who?? And our faith is in Jesus!
When we first have a revelation about following God in our lives, we begin to trust Him and believe in Him; that means we are walking in faith, just trusting Him! But, many times we have had faith and it didn’t work….
A guy that knows me met up with us at the mall one day, and he knows I am from the “religious” side of things, and I had coffee with him. And he said to me, “Listen Henry, I want to talk to you a bit.” He told me that when he was younger, he had tried “this religion thing.” He had gone to university and he really found what made sense to him, because this religion thing didn’t make sense to him. He said that the thing that really made sense to him that he discovered in university, was math! And my friend said, “With math, you end up with solutions, while in the religion end there is no logic.” He is right, math is so important for the world! I agreed with him! So after he told me all this, he shared with me that he was having major problems in his business, that he could not cope with or handle anymore. It was not working out for him at all. And since the fellow was not a believer at all, I was quite a bit hesitant to tackle him with my “religious” ideas. Finally after a few drinks of coffee, I just said to him, “Can I pray for you?” and he agreed! He said I guess it won’t hurt! Well, I tell you, by that time, my own faith was way, way, WAAAAYY smaller than a mustard seed! And my prayer was not very long and not very exciting! I just asked Jesus to meet his needs.
About a month later, he ran into me. He grabbed me by the arm and shook my hand and said “You will not believe this!” What really happened was God fixed that business problem he had like no one else could fix it! Apparently even a stranger came in from another province and got right into it to help solve his problem! He was so overjoyed, relieved, and thankful!! And couldn’t stop shaking my hand!
Now when my first wife Betty died, we were so devastated, we cried, we prayed, we wanted God to let her live. There were prayer chains going around the world which we really appreciated! Some were fasting, others lighting candles, all trying to help us. But in the end, she died, and we were crushed. But, now, the thing with it all, is God knows everything, beginning to the end, and what is the best for us, so we should never stop trusting Him! No matter what happens, we should never walk simply by sight, but by faith, trusting, believing He who delivered us and gives us eternal life! How he answers us does not change our faith in Him. Father knows best!
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Many of us can feel like, well I do trust Jesus but my faith is so little – Remember though… it doesn’t matter the size of the seed, it is what is behind it – and it is the Power of Jesus! Faith and just trusting in Him…
Our blessed assurance we have in pleasing God, is having faith, trusting Him for what He said, what He promised and what He is doing! That is all we have to do to please God, nothing else – Faith in Him, the Son of God, who said “The Father and I are one; if you have seen me, you have seen the Father!” And He also says “I have come that you may have life and life abundant” which means eternal life in the end of things, plus abundant life now on earth!
What a merciful, gracious, and loving God we have!
Be of good courage. Exercise that tiny bit of mustard seed faith we have and we will see what miracles come… Amen and God bless you all today, we love you and God loves you so much!
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