Reading: Matthew 17:14-21
We know the story about the disciples not being able to cast out the demon from a boy. The boy was then brought to Jesus, Jesus rebuked the demon, it came out, and the boy was healed. In private the disciples asked Jesus why they could not drive the demon out, and Jesus’ answer was because they had “so little faith”. This then is the context from which we got the phrase we know so well—“faith as small as a mustard seed”—so powerful that it can move mountains! And at the end of verse 21, Jesus said that nothing—yes, nothing (!)—will be impossible for us. Everything is possible! Wow!
Now you might ask me why no Christian has ever attempted yet to move Mt. Everest from Nepal and Tibet to somewhere else, or at least try with a smaller mountain or just a hill. My answer is “I don’t know.” Should I try it myself? What’s the point? But one thing I do know—that through the prayers of saints God has moved mountains in my life, and through my prayers and other saints’, God has moved mountains in other people’s lives—making paths straight, and mountains and hills levelled—to make way for the kingdom of God to advance within their lives. That is a miracle, my friends—freedom from whatever was holding us captive, and being filled with the Spirit of God so that no one can again enslave our souls. Hallelujah! Since nothing is impossible for us, my brothers and sisters, let us then, with great faith, pray that the truth will set everyone free—our families, relatives, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and the strangers we meet when we go out each day.
A voice of one calling:
‘In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’
– Isaiah 40:3-5 (NIVUK)