Mustard Seed FaithThursday, March 27, 2014
I am reminded of the healing miracle Jesus performed when a worried father brought his ill son to Him. The father’s pleading to Jesus to heal his son was unsure. “…But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus responded by telling the father that, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”…and the boy was healed (Mark 9:22-24, paraphrased).
At first glance, my understanding of that passage was only surface deep. I assumed Jesus was telling the man to believe that his son would be healed. But, then, upon pondering more and digging into His word, a deeper meaning was found. The belief, or faith, that Jesus was talking about was regarding Him! He was asking the distraught father if he believed that Jesus was the Christ and could heal the boy, not simply that the boy would be healed. This was a lesson in faith in Jesus as Lord, not faith in healing.
God understands that we will have times of doubt. He is a loving God and He welcomes us to come to Him, even with our weak faith. His word tells us that the mustard seed, though very tiny, will grow into a great plant when encouraged. So, likewise, when we come to Him, with faith as small as a mustard seed, He will strengthen and reassure us! I encourage you, if you enter into a time of uncertainty, to first pray and seek God. Ask Him to strengthen your faith in Him and remove your doubts, just as the father in the passage above did. The closer we come to God, the deeper our relationship with Him will be and the greater our faith in Him will become. Rather than simply believing in the outcome of what God can do, pray for increased faith in God Himself. For when we have faith in God, we will experience the incredible blessing of His sovereign answers to our prayers.
Believing in Him,