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.”
The word courage has the potential to draw up so many pictures, doesn’t it?
A few days ago, my husband asked me to watch a YouTube clip that was an advertisement for the GoPro camera. It was crazy. Not just a little bit. Absolutely mind-blowingly insane.
The video featured a girl climbing an incredibly tall, and way too narrow, rock formation over a gigantic canyon. As the video unfolded, she climbed higher and higher until she reached the very top of the rock. At that point, when I was pretty sure she couldn’t get any crazier, she took a flying leap off the rock (with the help of a parachute) and sailed hundreds of feet into the canyon below.
Afterward, there was a brief interview with this daring young woman. You know what she said? She said she never again wanted to live a life without risk. She didn’t want to waste her life doing mundane things. She wanted to live a life of adventure and of purpose.
As followers of Jesus, we may or may not choose to climb an enormous rock and leap off into the unknown below. But this is for certain: God wants us to live in such a way that people would look at our lives and be challenged by the level of risk involved in our choices.
It’s not about our reputation, it’s about His glory. And it’s not about living recklessly. It’s about living lives of faith that overflow from His love and His purpose.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were undoubtedly men of great courage and great faith. They believed in their God and they believed the promises He made to them. They knew the stories of their people, and they had encountered Him in their own lives.
Even so, they could have understandably chosen the seemingly “safer” route. They simply chose to put their faith in God instead. They could have chosen to allow the difficulty of their immediate situation to define their God. But they chose to allow Him to define their experiences. They invited Him into their circumstances, and they trusted not in the outcome, but in Him to carry them through.
Have you ever found yourself in such a hard place that it was difficult for you to truly see the goodness of your Father, much less take one more step of faith? I sure have.
When we find ourselves in the “flames,” we’re faced with two options. We can choose to walk by faith, trusting in the One who loves us more than we can comprehend. Or, we can choose to allow the enemy distract us from our Father, and in turn, from our Kingdom purpose.
Are you struggling to find faith? Don’t allow the enemy to lead you to feel ashamed. Just tell our Father about your need. Ask Him to help you believe.
If you’d like to hear what Jesus had to say about faith, and the way God can use just a bit of it, take a moment to read Matthew 17:20.