“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
“Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a Known God.” Corrie ten Boom
If you have faith like a mustard seed… What if I do have faith? It’s at least as big as a tiny tiny mustard seed. I do believe! Where’s the big leafy plant that comes from that tiny seed? You know the one – it’s so big that birds can perch on its branches. Sometimes I feel like I’m still looking at this little sprig, some sad excuse for a weed. What does it mean to have faith?
There’s something I have prayed about for well over 20 years. I know God hears me. I know He won’t deny or betray His daughter. He’s given me comfort…but, I also know that I still wait on the answer I long for. It may never come. Does that mean my faith is weak? Does it mean that God doesn’t care?
When the poor widow gave only 2 mites to the offering plate, Jesus used her as an example of how to give. (Luke 21:1-4) She gave little but she gave all. She gave in faith – faith that God would take care of her daily bread…today, tomorrow and every day after that. I don’t think her numbers were drawn the next day in the Jerusalem Lotto! But I do suspect that the next day she had a beautiful ‘faith smile’ on her face. Getting paid for our faith would require no faith at all. There’s something deep inside that happens when we truly trust God. There’s an unexplainable peace in our soul just knowing that the One in whom we lay our trust, the Father of our faith, the God who sees us, the Savior who lays down His life for us is trustworthy. His faithfulness means everything to us. Our faith means everything to Him.
Having said that, faith is not something to test God with. Even Jesus did not put His Father to the test. He never promised us three wishes like a genie. I would get in trouble with that anyway! When satan asked Jesus to turn stone to bread and nourish Himself, Jesus told His enemy that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4) I might say something like, ‘It’s not about my stuff, satan. It’s not about me at all. I gave up myself, gave up my wants and needs and put someone else in charge. The Bread He filled me up with nourishes my soul and gives me peace. (so much better than the bloating) I don’t get everything I want, I’m not always happy, but I’m always satisfied.” Does that even make sense? Living Water has rested in my soul and even while I hunger and thirst for an easier today at times, I trust the One who holds my tomorrows. I have put my faith in a ‘Big Picture’ that I may not see until I get to Heaven, but I am convinced I will see it, touch it, and be part of it.
That’s what gives me strength and water when I walk through the deserts of this life. My eyes are on something better. Because at the base of all my prayers, all my needs and wants is this…Jesus Christ lived, died and was raised again. He conquered death. He conquered the mundane of this life. He conquered my fears. He paid for my mistakes and weaknesses. He tore down the thick wall between me and Heaven. Jesus changed everything! That is my faith in a nutshell. That’s my mustard seed; not that my hands will hold everything I ask for today, but that God, my Father, has already met my greatest need. That’s my peace. That’s my joy. That’s my mountain moved.
My faith has nothing to do with me, thank goodness! My faith rests in the mighty hands of an Almighty God and that’s what makes it a great faith.
Be blessed today and tomorrow and every day after that…