Written by Abbie Bishop
“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 17:20
Before this verse occurs in the Bible, there are two different instances in Matthew chapter 9: a woman subject to bleeding, pushing through the crowd to receive healing from Jesus, and two blind men who knew the presence of Christ and had faith that he could give them sight. In chapter 14, Peter, a disciple of Jesus who was in the midst of His presence daily, saw his Savior walking on the water yet allowed the storm to distract him. Peter was filled with doubt even though He knew what Jesus can do while the humans mentioned earlier did not even question the abilities of the Savior without fully knowing Him yet.
When we encounter a storm, we find ourselves facing the odds of reality and our first instinct is to turn to doubt. However, our Savior defies the odds of this world: He can mend that marriage that seems completely and utterly broken and He can heal that sickness when all seems lost. In every story of Jesus touching the lives of others with healing, He states that the reason for their healing is their great faith. We are often like Peter, literally experiencing the work of Jesus daily, yet are we living lives that illustrate an unwavering faith? Are we so distracted by the storm around us that we forget whose children we are and sink rather than walking towards Christ? If we believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God, we should wake up every day filled with confidence that our Savior can do it all!
Don’t take your daily encounters with Jesus for granted. If you’ve experienced a shift in your life because you have declared Jesus as your Savior, remember what He has done even when facing doubt. He is not finished yet and still wants to do so much more in your life. Share an unwavering faith with those who need His healing. You can always expand your horizons of expectations for how He can impact lives. If you are hoping for something big to happen, keep asking. When you are praying with or talking to others, especially those who aren’t believers, make sure you embody a faith that is unshakable.