by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. ‘Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Matthew 11:22-25, NIV)
What mountains do you face in life? We all have them, don’t we? Recently I read a quote that said, “You are a match for your mountain” (Danielle Doby). Sounds good on the surface, doesn’t it? After what my family has gone through recently, I can’t say I agree. So what do we do? Give up? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
The thing about mountain moving is we think/act/behave as though we are the one with sole mountain-moving power. We can’t. God, and God alone is the mountain mover. So when it comes down to telling a mountain to go jump in a lake, I hate to break it to you, but you don’t have that power all on your own; therefore, faith should’t be in your own mountain-moving abilities, but in the One who can. This is precisely why Jesus focused the teaching about which we read today on God, and not you or me.
As we come to grips with this spiritual truth, I think it deserves a caveat of sorts. When Jesus faced a mountain He preferred to have moved from Him — i.e., Calvary — He knew it was one He probably had to climb regardless. He still prayed faithfully to Father, saying that even though He wanted that mountain to move, He knew in His heart of hearts, “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42, NIV). May that be the way we approach them all.
Are you a match for your mountain? I guess it depends. Is God, though? Beyond the shadow of a doubt, for with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. I confess that all too often I believe I have the mountain-moving power, neglecting the reality that the power rests in you and you alone. I come to you in faith, knowing that I can overcome whatever I come across, even though it might bring me great pain. Through it all, help me in faith to always be willing to say, “Thy will be done.” I pray this, echoing Jesus words, in the holy name of Christ. Amen.