So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
I haven’t posted any blogs in a while, however, this week, God gave me some thoughts to share about the topic of faith.
Don’t Be Complacent
I often hear people who are sick say that they’re tired of people saying they can be healed or that they’ve decided to just live with their illness. The problem with this statement is that in their mind, they’ve limited God’s abilities. If you don’t have faith that your healing will happen, your healing won’t happen.
In Matthew 17, a man brings his son, an epileptic, to Jesus and asks for healing for the boy. If the man had decided that his son’s illness was too great for Jesus to handle, he would have never brought his son to Jesus and his son would continually be epileptic.
One reason some people lose faith is that they are not content with their situation. Too many people limit God’s blessing in their life to what they see as a blessing. They limit the God’s healing in their life to the standard of healing, meaning that they pray for God to heal their illness and are not happy otherwise.
“Do It My Way” (Unconventional Blessing)
A lack of content is very popular in today’s world because if something isn’t done my way, it’s done the wrong way. Biblical examples of this are also seen in the most simple contexts. For example, Jesus came to save the Jewish people as a Messiah. To the Jews, this meant that he would rise up and defeat Rome to become King. They were not complacent with their troubles but they also lacked a state of being content, which is seen in His death. As Jesus was crucified, many wondered how this was the supposed Messiah. In thinking this way, however, they missed the true blessing in their life.
In today’s world, we often blame God for not blessing us by our standards. We want to know why we aren’t rich with a nice car and a huge mansion because if we were blessed we would have that. We want to know the reason behind our illness because obviously, our illness couldn’t be a blessing because our blessing should be healing. When we limit God’s blessing to our standards, we miss what he has provided us. Maybe you’re not healed but you’re living another day. Maybe you’re not rich but you’re a light in your workplace. Maybe you don’t think you’re blessed but maybe your blessing is unconventional.
Limitless but not Effortless
The full story of what happened in Matthew 17 is that a man with an ill son went to the disciples and asked for healing but did not receive it, prompting him to go to Jesus and ask for the boy to be healed. After the boy was healed, the disciples asked why they could not heal the boy and Jesus responded, “Because of your unbelief,” meaning that they did not have faith in the healing of the boy.
Verse 20 is one that many like to quote because it sounds so great. I mean you can’t get much better than “nothing is impossible.” There is a catch, Jesus follows up his statement of limitless faith by saying, “However, this kind does not go out except by praying and fasting.” This means that a limitless faith is not an effortless one. It would be nice if limitless faith was effortless. If you want to fully work through the statement that “nothing is impossible,” you need to pray and fast because as written in James 2, “faith by itself, if it does not have work, is dead.”
Christians often go to extremes on the content-complacent scale. We either believe that God can’t bless us through conventional ways or we believe that God can only bless us through conventional ways. We either pray for healing or we don’t pray at all. As Christians, we should have faith and healing but we should also have faith in the will of God. We should pray for healing if it is God’s will and be content with the result. After all, moving mountains isn’t exactly the most conventional of blessings.