22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Let’s tell the truth. Does anyone really believe they can command a mountain to be thrown into the sea? Or that anyone else can command a mountain to be thrown into the sea and it will be done? While you are considering your answer and what you really believe, look at what preceded these verses in this chapter.
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to find out if it had any fruit. When He reached it, He found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then He said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard Him say it.
And a little further on we read
20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
This reading might lead us to believe it withered overnight, but the gospel of Matthew 21:19 tells us it happened immediately.
Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
Between Jesus cursing the fig tree – when it immediately withered – and the disciple Peter noticing it the next morning, Jesus and His disciples went into the temple and began driving out those who were buying and selling, changing money, and stated very clearly (v17)
“Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
Think on Him doing that without opposition while we return to our original question, Does anyone believe they can command a mountain to be thrown into the sea and it will happen? I do and I don’t. Let’s look again at what Jesus said and not how it might be shortened (as I did) and paraphrased.
Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
First of all one must have faith in God. Real faith, like that of David facing Goliath. Or of David’s mighty warriors whom you may read about in 2 Samuel 23:8-23, one who defeated 300 of the enemy and another 500. These were not simply might warriors, but men of great faith.
So you want to move a mountain, it begins with great faith in God! Next your faith must be so great you have no doubt in your heart. Then you don’t do it, throw the mountain into the sea. Surprise! It will be done for you! Who will do it? God! But there is one more caveat, understood here, but not written. It has to be according to the will of God.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.
1 John 5:14-15
Do you believe? Do you have great faith? Do you want a God that gives you your every wish or one that gives anything we ask as long as it is according to His will? I believe, I really do, with all my heart.
It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and Remember to Go to Church where you may ponder what you believe as you share in praise and worship, prayer, and fellowship while hearing from God’s Word.