And He said to them, “…for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you” Matthew 17:20
Last week I received a message from a friend who needed prayer. She had some very difficult circumstances in front of her and she wasn’t sure how to move forward. She ended the message by saying that she believed God would move her mountain.
I love her.
Mustard Seed Spiritual Meaning
The spiritual meaning of a mustard seed is our faith. God shows us in this verse that He wants our prayers to be covered in the fragrance of faith. This verse tells us that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.
Why is it That Some Mustard Seeds Don’t Move Mountains?
My husband has been suffering from chronic back pain for over ten years. There have been moments that have been so hard. And not only for him but for our whole family.
I pray. And pray. And pray. Lord, please deliver him from this pain!!
I know that the Lord is able to heal him.
Yet, the pain remains.
I talked to an old friend awhile back. She is struggling with the passing of her aunt who she was very close with. She recently lost her second battle with cancer.
“Why did the Lord heal her cancer the first time, but not this time?” she asked while choking back tears.
I often wonder this, too. Why is it that some mustard seeds seem to possess more mountain-moving power than others?
Is it a lack of faith?
But maybe not.
I love this quote…
“The most glorious reason you exist is for the proclamation of the glory of God to the ends of the world.” – David Platt
This is such a great reminder. Our motive for all we do should ultimately be God’s glory. No matter the cost.
What Does God Say About Moving Mountains?
So what if, instead of moving it, the glory is found in climbing the mountain?
Mountains Refine Our Character
What if the mountain is God’s instrument to further mold my character to the image of Christ?
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Mountains Reveal His Glory
Or maybe the Lord wants to use my mountain climbing to display His power, love, and faithfulness to others.
Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
If this were so, would I still want it moved?
May it not be, Lord.
So, my friend let me ask you a question…
What Mountains are You Facing Today?
Let me encourage you to keep praying. Keep casting those mustard seeds to move your mountains. But ultimately, your greatest act of faith is surrender. It’s in trusting Him. Whether He chooses to move the mountain or not.
Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and the hope He offers us. Let’s remember that all trials, uncertainty, and pain are temporary.
We have an eternal inheritance waiting for us.
One that will never spoil or fade.
One where there will be no anxiety, suffering, or sorrow.
This hope is what gives us the strength to face our mountains – whether they move or whether they stand.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Peter 1:3-6
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