The Fine Art of Failure: Week 4 -Day 4

OPENING PRAYER: 

Father, I praise you for who you are. In your wisdom you have given me your Word, that I may grow in maturity as I continue this journey with you.

 

READ:Matthew 17:18-21, NIV

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. 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.”

 

REFLECT: 

In this passage, Jesus makes a bold statement about our faith. It is a statement that is hard to believe or even grasp in our small imaginations. A mustard seed is about the size of the date inscribed on a penny. Yet our Lord tells us that with this faith we can move the majestic mountains. Nothing will be impossible for us, he says. In this world there is real hurt, real problems: some so insurmountable that you might call them mountains. We all have these mountains in our lives that loom over us, casting cold shadows. Finding our way through them seems impossible. To have the faith to move even a stone seems out of our reach. How do we get to the place where our faith is strong? Where our faith is BIG? The only thing that grows our faith is action. Even the person with faith so small as a mustard seed must speak to the mountain. Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone. Though your faith in God may be small, it is based on the truth. God is who he says he is. When you speak to the mountains in your life, you will be amazed as they tremble at your confidence in the living God.

 

APPLY: 

Identify the mountain in your life right now. You may have many looming, but jot down one of them. Take the note and speak to this problem in your life. Speak to your Father about it, in faith.

 

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, please never stop working on me. Allow faith to grow in me as you prove yourself faithful time and time again.

 

Terry Schneider