“If you have faith as a mustard seed … nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).
When I was young in Christ, my faith toward God was based on prayers that consisted of my circumstances being changed to accommodate me. I remember praying for an engagement at the First United Methodist Church that I was asked to preach for. I think this was my first sermon! I was recently called to preach, but I didn’t have a suit or any nice clothes or shoes to wear, so I prayed to God one night, telling Him that I didn’t have a suit or any shoes to preach in, and I asked Him to please provide these for me. When I woke up the next morning and went to work, about mid-day one of the sisters from the church pulled up outside. She was carrying a bag from JC Penney’s. She said that the Lord woke her up that night and told her she needed to go get these two suits, two shirts, two ties, and the shoes for the ministry God was calling me to. They were brand spanking new and I was amazed at how quick God, who was the only one I had told, came through for me. Yet this was the elementary or embryonic stage of development for my faith where I learned how to relate to God as a blesser.
There is no need to become too comfortable with this revelation of Christ because my faith must grow beyond making God become everything I want Him to be instead allowing Him to reveal all of who he is to me! I must grow to the place that He doesn’t have to answer so quickly or even at all. I must develop a confidence in Christ, knowing that He is God! I must believe that all things work together for the good of those that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose–that He is bigger than my circumstances and capable of testing the caliber of my faith with the crisis He sends or allows to touch me.
A faith that cannot be tested can’t be trusted! He often shows me who He is by what He is not! God is light, but what is light if we haven’t had darkness? God is good, but what is goodness if we haven’t experinced what is bad? God is a healer, but what is a healer if we haven’t been sick! We understand who God is by experiencing what he is not!
Don’t let the trying of your faith test your trust to the place where you turn your Christ into a crisis solver. But allow Him to show you who He is by sometimes placing you in things that He is not! That is where I find that the impossible is possible by being place only in an inviroment of impossiblities!