Reading: Matthew 17: 20 “He said to them “Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Bible Verse for Meditation: Matthew 17: 14-20
In these stressful times that we all are experiencing, the testing of our faith is becoming more and more palpable, to the point that if we are easily moved then its foundation may be shaken to its core. In reading this parable in Matthew 17, in a time when even Jesus’ disciples lacked the faith they needed even as they walked with Him and observed the many miracles He performed, the thought of feeding faith began to grow like a mustard seed.
A mustard seed is a very small seed, only about 1-2 millimeters in length but known for its rich source of protein and oil. In ideal conditions, it will take approximately 8 days to evolve and can grow up to 30 feet tall. It then began to make sense why Jesus used the mustard seed as an analogy of the type of faith we need in order to believe in the impossible to be made possible.
During this isolation season, where we may not be able to make sense of what is actually happening, feeding this one word which impacts our walk as Christians is just as vital as physical food.
The right environment to nurture our belief and act it out is the walk of a Christian. God clearly says in His Word that faith without works is dead and it is impossible to please God without it. I often think of this acronym that I use for FAITH. Forgetting All Influences That Hinders belief, which plain and simple means, whatever is creating doubt or fear in your mind must be replaced with faith feeding thoughts which can only come from God’s word. This is a time right now, where faith is essential to our life as believers. We are being challenged each second to walk by faith and not by sight.
We are required to live a life acceptable to God and a requisite to that is faith. As a mustard seed, rich in nutrients, so must our faith be, rich in belief. Even when things seem impossible, like what we are facing right now. Even when the physical environment we experience is as dry as a desert. Even when everything around us seems to be falling apart, meditating on His word provides the soil for our faith to germinate. Feeding our mind and soul in His presence provides the living water needed to sprout forth fruits of faith and walking out the word allows the impossible to become possible, if we believe.