“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11: 22-23
I’ve always loved this passage of Scripture. The idea of having so much faith in God that you could look at something like a mountain and command it to be thrown into the sea is definitely appealing. But we all have to admit: There have been times, multiple times maybe, that you’ve looked a mountain in your life and commanded it to be cast into the sea and it didn’t happen. Or at least, maybe not quite how you wanted it to, or in the time frame you wanted.
Instead of getting discouraged, let’s think outside the box for a moment. Is the only way for a mountain to be cast into the sea is for it to be miraculously lifted straight off the ground, carried through the air, and plunged into the ocean? I think not.
If you study the Bible, you will find that any time God promised He would do something, it always required for the people involved to do something first. Moses had to put his pole in the water. The servants at the wedding had to gather water first. Naaman had to dip himself in the Jordan seven times. Only after these people did their part did God do His part.
So, let’s look at the mountain again. Instead of demanding that the mountain cast itself into the sea, why not show God you are serious about removing this mountain by doing something yourself first?
Now, what ways can we cast a mountain into the sea besides the example above? Would taking a pickaxe, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow and digging into the mountain, hauling it one wheel barrow at a time to the sea and dumping it in count as ‘casting it into the sea’? I think yes.
You see, God won’t show you miracles in your life until you show Him you are serious about what ever it is you want a miracle about. Instead of standing around getting frustrated that the mountain isn’t moving, why not start moving it yourself? Yes, there still will be setbacks and frustrations. If you start digging into the side of a mountain, landslides will happen. But guess what?
A landslide shows you’ve done something. It may look like a disaster because it’s covered up all the work you did, but really it is a result from the work you did. And now more of the mountain is accessible for you to shovel into that wheelbarrow and haul out to the sea. The mountain is moving. One wheelbarrowful at a time; one landslide at a time. But that mountain is moving. And who’s moving it? You are. Just like God said.
The mountain in front of you may look so big, so daunting, that you think you’ll never get it all moved. But if you don’t start trying, you know it will never move. Before you start whining and getting discouraged that the mountain is too big, why don’t you do your part and see if God will do His part? Because we all know He will. Sooner or later you’ll turn around from dumping a load into the sea and see that the mountain is much, much smaller than you thought it was.
Before I end this, I’d like to say one last thing. One tool you cannot forget, is faith. God said you would have the faith to move mountains. Without the faith, that mountain will never get smaller, no matter how hard you work at it. You need to BELIEVE that it will move, that YOU can move it, before it will.
This post is dedicated to all my friends who are facing mountains in their life right now.