While at a supply store I asked the helpful employee where he was from. He said Switzerland. I then replied, "The mountains in Germany are the tallest mountains I've ever seen." He laughed and said, "No, Switzerland has the tallest mountains, Germany doesn't compare." That trip to Germany was decades ago so what do I know. But the majestic heights of the mountains in Germany were almost overwhelming.
So in my curiosity I looked up the height of the tallest mountain in Switzerland. It is called Monte Rosa at peaks at 15,203 feet. Germany's highest mountain is called Zupspitze and peaks at 9,718 feet. But the grand beauty of them all is Mount Everest in Nepal/Tibet. It peaks at 29,029 feet.
When we look at mountains we think of stability, strength, stationary, secure, unshakable, vast and awe inspiring. But what does Jesus say about these mountains...
Matthew 17:17-23 (NASB)
17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.”18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Do we need faith as tall as Mount Everest to tell Mount Everest to move? No, just faith the size of a mustard seed.
When we look at our problems we size them up by using our own inclinometers to measure how immense they are. Then our faith gets rationed out by the complexity or obstacle we have encountered. It has nothing to do with God's ability to intervene.
As believers we also intercede through our prayers which brings us to our faith reservoir. Do we determine whether it is full or half empty depending upon the situation? If the mountain is too big does our faith shrink?
How many times have we used our faith capacity to conclude there was no solution in sight? Are we letting down our faith bucket and thinking my well is dry as a bone?
It's like a spicket for a garden hose, we turn off our faith thinking there isn't enough water to flow through for this problem. So our faith gets shut off because of the scope and size that we have determined by our own unbelief.
So how much faith do we need regardless of the enormity of our mountains 29,029 feet high or the smallest of it's kind 141 feet in Victoria Australia?
Neither, just faith as small as a mustard seed.
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Did Jesus make it hard for us to believe? No, He made it very simple...a tiny mustard seed of faith.