The Mountain and the Mustard Seed
By Dave Allen
We live in the Northwest where there are mountains, not just hills but real mountains. So when I read these words of Jesus in Matthew 21:21,22 I can picture Mt. Hood or Mt. Adams or Mt. Rainier. “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt,…you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’, and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Can you picture that? Neither can I! I’ve never seen a mountain fall into the sea because someone commanded it to move. It might fall into an ocean or a sea because of earthquakes, or tsunamis or other disasters but not because someone said, “Mountain, move!” I think maybe God was telling us that no matter how hard it is, no matter if it doesn’t seem like it makes sense, even if you can’t picture it, or haven’t seen it, ask anyway. And believe that God can answer you. The key to these verses are the words, “…if you have faith and do not doubt…”
And how much faith did Jesus say it took to throw mountains into the sea? Faith the size of a mustard seed. (Matthew 17:20) I am so glad that Jesus did not say that we have to have faith the size of a mountain to move a mustard seed! He said if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, then you can move mountains. Have you ever seen how tiny a mustard seed really is? It is about the size of a period on this page.
If you have enough faith to ask, you probably have enough faith for God to do His will in your life. That’s all it takes.
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, ...You will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Go, fall into the sea.’ And if you have faith, it will happen. If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer.'”
Matthew 21:21-22 NCV
Pray that your personal faith will be enriched and strengthened.
Pray that we, as a church, nurture faith that can move mountains of people into God's kingdom.
Pray that our faith sees no obstacle too big to overcome by the power of God.