Faith of a Mustard Seed

Luke 17:5-6

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

As we looked at previously, Jesus chastised the disciples for having little faith.  In this passage, Jesus instructs the disciples His disciples as to what they can accomplish with just a small amount of faith.

The context of this passage is very similar to what we looked at in the “Power of Faith”.  Instead of examining the power this time, we’ll concentrate on how big our faith is.

The point of Jesus’ statements like this is not to encourage us to uproot mulberry trees or move mountains.  Instead it is meant as an encouragement as to what a little faith can do when God blesses it.

God can do anything.  He can heal hopeless diseases.  He can save broken marriages.  He can rescue from financial disasters.  This doesn’t mean that He always will because He may have a greater purpose in mind or there may be other parties involved that resist His will.

The point is that anything is possible with God.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego realized this when they faced the fiery furnace.  They also recognized that God may not save them but they still wouldn’t abandon their faith because of it.  We need to have faith first and then rely on God for whatever the outcome is.  Even if it is not what we want, He will still be with us and see us through it.

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