Moving Mount Everest (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 286)
Mark 11:22-23 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
‘Faith’ is often thrown around in some religious circles as a magic potion for getting everything you want in life. It’s not a magic potion and shouldn’t be touted as such. But having faith does give you the assurance that your prayers have been heard and each day you live, there is the anticipation of a miracle just around the corner.
You won’t always be able to see the answer to your prayers immediately. That’s because God takes his time and good answers always take a while to come. If everything came to us as soon as we asked for it, we would tend to think of God as a genie in a bottle or the grandparent who just gives in to every request from their grandchild. We would then begin to take the power of faith for granted.
All through the Bible and throughout the annals of history, God made things happen on earth and worked miracles before people’s eyes only because someone had enough faith to believe it could happen. The idea that you can have whatever you want in life is true. If you really believe for something that is in God’s plan for you, you will eventually get it. God honors those who humbly and sincerely believe that God is the source of everything, that his promises and true, and that he is worthy of our trust.
Some people wonder whether miracles still happen today. My belief is that they do. God has set up the world to act in accordance with the law of faith. The law of faith is the highest law in the world — higher than government and nature. Every time you act in faith or simply believe in faith, God works on your behalf to answer your request. And every single time God answers a prayer, no matter what answer he gives, it is a miracle.
There are situations in my life and in your life that will be like climbing Mount Everest. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. Over 4000 people have attempted to climb Everest since 1953 when Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first conquered it. Everest is a difficult mountain to climb that requires much planning, experience, and time. Unfortunately, there are dozens of deaths each year. Yet people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world overcome insurmountable odds to take on this challenge.
Any situation in your life that is too big for you to handle in your own human strength — which probably happens to be around 99% of all situations for me — is a personal Mount Everest that requires faith and belief in God. If you think something will never change, then it never will because you don’t believe God can change it. You aren’t even giving him a chance to work a miracle for you. Faith is like telling the Mount Everest in your life to move from here to there and believing God for it to happen.
Nothing happens at all unless you believe it will. God doesn’t require us to work the miracle; he only wants us to believe that he can work the miracle. God is in the business of moving mountains, clearing hurdles, and demolishing difficult obstacles. Nothing is too big for God to handle. Begin to believe that whatever good thing you want in your life will come to you. But you have to have faith that it will happen. Faith is invisible and much of what we believe for is invisible. But God is honored to work on our behalf when we show him that we trust him unconditionally and without reservation.
“Faith is believing that God is going to take you places before you even get there.”
— Matthew Barnett