“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.”
– Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
We learn from the Bible that our faith can be measured. When the disciples of Jesus failed to complete a miracle, or heal one who was sick, Jesus told them it was because of “what little faith” they had.
If our faith can be measured, then the goal is to have faith as great as a grain of mustard seed. A grain—less than 65 milligrams—and we can move mountains!
Unfortunately, my faith falls short of those measly 65 milligrams every day. I am made even more aware of my little faith when I doubt the power of God in issues like a broken-down car or a final paper looming. Like Peter, I continually plead with God to let me walk with Him on the water, and, like Peter, my doubts overcome that desire with the slightest gust of wind.
But, as I once heard a wise man preach: we must lay claim to the nearness of God. With the start of the new year, I want to acknowledge how close I am to God daily. Even in moments of despair and desperation, those who recognize God should not forget what is good because of the bad. We need to prepare in the light for what will happen in the dark. If we reject despair and desperation for what is good and hopeful, we will be nourished by what is good and hopeful.
True faith, though small, is difficult because it must be planted, nourished, and grown.