“Another story by way of comparison He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.” (Matt. 13:30-32 Amplified Bible)
So, just how little is that mustard seed? “A grain of mustard seed is really small. One grain is 1 or 2 millimeters in size. That’s tiny. A mountain, on the other hand, is huge. I took a look at one mountain in Israel, Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon is in the Galilee so Jesus’ disciples would have been familiar with it. Mount Hermon is 1,804 meters higher than the land around it and 2, 814 meters above sea level.”
Jesus goes on that if we have a tiny, itsy-bitsy amount of faith – 1-2 millimeters of faith – we can speak to mountains, tell them to move, and they will move. So why don’t we have that much faith? And how does Jesus define faith?
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (Hebrews 11:1 The Living Bible) (emphasis mine) I love this verse. We have the confident assurance that something we’ve prayed about will happen.
So again, I ask the question – why don’t we have that much faith? I think there can be several, perhaps many, answers to that question. The one I think is most common is when you’ve prayed for something for a very long time but your prayer has not been answered. You’ve decided that God is not going to answer your prayer so why bother. But the Bible says “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” (Psalm 138a:8 KJV) In other words, He will answer my prayers. As I’ve said many times in previous blogs, our timing and His timing are not the same. Yet, His timing is perfect. He knows our future so he knows when the best time is to answer our prayers.
Be encouraged today. Go out and plant your mustard seed – your tiny, itsy-bitsy amount of faith and trust God that He will answer – in His time.