I finally got it! This verse has puzzled me since I was able to understand that I didn’t understand it.
If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20
The passage refers to the disciples asking Jesus why they couldn’t cast a demon out of a young boy, and Jesus answered them saying they had little faith. Immediately after saying this, he told them that if they had faith like a grain of mustard seed, they could cause a mountain to move.
Recently I was having a talk with someone who was “in a hole.” They were down on themselves, sure they had sinned a great sin of self pity and pride. They were feeling miserable. We talked about what sin is and what it is not. We explored the idea that a person can be deceived by the enemy to the point that they are miserable and have an extremely distorted view of themselves and God’s plan for them. Finally this person said, “It’s going to turn out good.”
That’s when I realized what “faith like a grain of mustard seed” means. It is that one small thought that gets you back on the right track. It gets you into position for all of heaven to come to attention. One by one the truth comes to you and your faith is big enough to get your answer.
When we are down, thinking the worst of ourselves and our situations, letting negativity run away with us, we are not “in faith.” This position prevents us from getting the help we need and long for. God responds to our faith, and when we have our antennas tuned in to the negative side, we are not in position to receive His help. When we allow one positive truth to take residence in our mind, that is our mustard seed. That one thought opens the door to our answer. Believing an answer will come, is the way to get our answer. Accept that one thought as your mustard seed, and it will grow to be a mighty tree providing you with answers to your life’s questions!
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32
Have you ever had a time when one positive truth pulled you out of a pit of despair? We’d love to hear your story.