Little Faith, Big God
"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you." (Luke 17:6)
God’s promises can seem quite staggering at times, almost too good to be true -- especially if we have just failed God in some way. But this is when we need to remember this simple truth: God’s promises aren’t dependent on us, but on Him! We may feel that our faith is so small; but it’s not the smallness of our faith that counts; it’s the bigness of our God!
So often, we feel we can’t match big promises from God’s side with big faith from our side; so we give up before we start, or we get weary halfway through, or we embrace the devil’s accusations and drop the whole idea. But Jesus said that it isn’t the amount of faith that is the issue. Twice, when His disciples were challenged by their own lack of faith, He said that all they needed was faith the size of a mustard seed (which is very small indeed!).
The issue is not the amount of faith, but the object of faith; not how much faith you’ve got, but where the faith that you have got is focused. To put it a different way: there is no power in ‘faith’; there is only power in Jesus. Faith needs to be faith in Him, not faith in ‘faith’. Faith isn’t what makes the promise happen; faith is simply what keeps us focused on God, Who alone can make it happen. And this is why we can hold on to the promises, even when we have messed up; for, ultimately, it is not about us, but about Him.
What this means practically is that we have to face up to the reality of our situation, but at the same time keep hold of God’s promise, constantly bringing it back to Him, reminding Him of what He said and telling Him we aren’t going away until He has done what He has promised, no matter how long we have to wait.
So, whatever you are waiting for, let your faith today be focused on your God, not on your faith!
So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:9)
© Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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