This morning God began to speak to me about faith. I could hear people saying, “The Bible says that if I have faith the size of the mustard seed, then nothing is impossible, so why hasn’t _____ happened?”
Then I felt God saying, “It’s often not the size of your faith that is the issue, it’s how long are you willing to hold onto it.”
I was reminded of something I’ve known for a long time, but now we are needing to practice it again….sure, you don’t need much faith to move a mountain, but sometimes you need more endurance to hold onto that faith long enough to see it through.
Where are you with your faith? Are there things you’ve had faith for and then not seen happen in your timing, so you just let it go? God doesn’t work in our timing. He is infinite. He sees all things from the beginning of creation to the end, all at once, so His timing is unique. When you really think about it, His timing is the only accurate timing.
I encourage you today, to take up that mustard seed again. Hold onto it and don’t let go. You will see the victory of the Lord. You will see God’s goodness in the land of the living. All you must do is develop endurance.
How does one develop such endurance?
I’m so glad you asked. Well, how does a runner do it? Most people wouldn’t set out to run a marathon without having first trained for it over a long period of time, right? And if they did try to run a marathon without previously preparing, then most often they would be highly unsuccessful and potentially do damage to their own body. So, they take time. They run many shorter runs. They increase their distance in spurts. They learn how to eat for fuel. They take rest days. It’s intentional, for sure. The same can go for your faith endurance. How long you hold on can increase over the years. How firmly you stand can increase, but not if you are constantly giving up the moment you see resistance, conflict or feel discouraged. Even those preparing to run a marathon face those things, the thing that separates the winners from the quitters, is resilience. How resilient are you willing to be?
As we face the many challenges of this day, I encourage you to hold fast to your mustard seed. Determine to hold it longer than you did the last time you stood in faith. Hold on past the point of discomfort and refuse to relent. If you get weary in the standing, then rest for a bit. But don’t stay out of the game. Rest and then get back into the game. Never give up. Never give in. Our God is greater than ALL things. He created all things, so don’t ever think He is limited. He can do ALL things, even those that seem impossible. Sometimes, He’s just looking around to see who will believe in Him.
Prayer Moment: God, You are faithful. Help me to be more faithful to You. I am bringing my mustard seed of faith to You now and asking You to breathe life into it. I stand upon the promises and convictions that You have placed upon my heart and I’m asking You to come through. You are God. You alone are God. Have Your way upon this earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. 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 17:19-20