Today’s Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Here I sit today under the tulip tree in our front yard, sunlight dappled upon the pages of the book I’m reading when the author quotes the story from Matthew (17:14-21) of the father bring his demon-possessed son to the disciples and they can’t cast it out. So the father brings his child to Jesus. He is able to immediately cast out the demon and the child is instantly healed. Later the disciples question Jesus why they couldn’t do it and He says to them: “Because of your little faith. Truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you.”
I can’t even begin to count how many times I have read this verse or heard this verse, and never caught the message like I did today. Jesus wasn’t rebuking their faith in Him! He was rebuking their faith in themselves!!! Look at the situation, the disciple’s faith was in Jesus and His ability to heal the boy, that’s why they brought the boy to Him. But whose faith was in the disciples? Jesus and the father’s. The father brought his son to the disciples for healing, he trusted these men to heal his son because they had done it for others. But in that moment they were unable to perform the miracle, why? Most likely for many reasons, but I propose that perhaps Jesus wasn’t talking about the demon that possessed the boy, rather the Doubt that hindered his friends. You see they didn’t doubt in His ability to perform the miracle, they doubted in their own ability to be part of it. Why? Perhaps they were really doubting how much Jesus loved them. They hadn’t been chosen to go up the mountain like Peter, James and John and perhaps they were a little hurt by that. Perhaps that was the foothold the Enemy used to get into their heads and totally psyche them out of their God-given ability to heal in His name.
Satan did the same thing to me last summer with swimming. It had been so long since I had been swimming in a real pool that I became afraid of going into the deep end of the pool without a floatation device. It took me all summer to work up the nerve to jump off the stinkin’ diving board for Pete’s sake! My dad was a swim instructor, I grew up in the water and here I was suddenly afraid of it for no reason! Ridiculous! I doubted my own ability to swim, something I had always been able to do. The disciples doubted their ability to perform miracles, we believed the Lie.
I want you to pay close attention to the words Jesus uses to finish His lesson on faith: “Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Woah, woah, woah, hold the phones, hang on, what!?! For who? We started this story yesterday hearing from an angel who had seen so many of the wondrous things that God is capable of that we could never even begin to imagine them all and he’s telling us with a laugh “nothing is impossible with God.” Yet here stands God in flesh saying to us that nothing will be impossible for us! When we hold fast to our faith; our faith in our mighty God AND our faith in our ability to do what God made us to do, to be who God made us to be – then NOTHING will be impossible for us. NOTHING! I pray that your ears hear this word for you today, THE Father believes in you – His friend, His child. He believes in your ability to do what He has called you and made you to do. He has placed hopes and dreams deep within your heart, don’t lose sight of those dreams, they are from Him, they are His call on your life don’t you dare give up on them. “For still the vision awaits its appointed time, it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If It seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3) He is faithful. “Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45) Nothing, nope, nothing is impossible. Not for God, and not for you. Keep on believing my friend, your miracle is right around the corner. He is faithful because He loves you!!!