Guest Post ~ Moving Mountains ~ Michael Marshall, Aspirant

We all have moments in our lives when we feel a giant obstacle placed before us, and that obstacle seems as if it is impossible to overcome.  We struggle with the obstacle by dealing with it alone rather than turning to others who can help us.  We cannot do EVERYTHING by ourselves as much as our stubbornness can get in the way.  We just cry out hoping that the obstacles can just be taken away at the snap of the finger.  But it is not that simple because the obstacle DOES NOT remove itself. The obstacle is moved through faith.  Let’s take passages from Scripture which illustrates this point.

In the story from the Gospel of Luke, the Apostles request of Jesus to increase their faith, and his response is, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”  (Luke 17:5-6). [NRSV]

In a similar story in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells his Apostles that if they have faith in God, and turn to Him in prayer, what they ask for shall be done.  “Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24) [NAB]

I feel it is important to put these Scripture passages into context.  Both passages are dealing with the issue of forgiveness because of others’ actions done against them.  Mark includes this issue within the story about the faith to move a mountain, while Luke addresses the issue prior to the Apostles requesting their faith be increased.  They believe the task of forgiving others is going to be difficult, BUT Jesus is saying to them that it only takes the slightest amount of faith by turning to God, as much as it may seem extremely difficult.  God is where their faith resides.

We obviously know that faith does not just have to do with the issue of forgiveness.  So let’s apply this to some other situations in our lives.  We may be dealing with an ongoing illness which seems as if it is not improving, diligently tying to obtain substantial employment, or dealing with an addiction which one feels that cannot be overcome.  These everyday struggles in life may seem impossible, and only until we reach out to others for help, whether it be emotional support from a friend or from a professional, the obstacles will always be hard to overcome.  Even though we have these avenues of help, it is important to turn to God.  In God will he have faith, just that tiniest amount of faith through Him can make just strong enough to get these obstacles out of our way.

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