Day 212 – Small Faith Big God
On: May 31, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. Luke 17:5-6

The weekend is over and I’ve just caught the train to work. It’s cold, raining and I’ve got a severe dose of Monday morning blues. But the train, late as it is, will get me to work, regardless. It could have been a warm Friday morning with the weekend beckoning, causing me to burst with energy and enthusiasm for the day ahead – but I would not have got to work any quicker. That’s because the train is taking the strain.

What’s this got to do with faith as small as a mustard seed? My journey to work and the replanting of the mulberry tree are both the result of taking a decision to trust in a greater and more reliable force than myself. For faith is acting on a belief. And then trusting that the object of the belief will deliver. The train will get me to work – eventually! It is bigger and stronger than I am and not dependent on how it or I feel. All I have to do is get on, and away I go.

Even though (because) He was restricted to human form, Jesus trusted that His Father would guide and empower Him when He was on Earth. The extraordinary miracles and powerful teaching He was able to deliver were because He kept in close touch with His  Father, not by being Superman. I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. John 12:49

You and I, if we take the decision to follow the example of Jesus, turn to the same Heavenly Father, and then trust Him, can expect to see our prayers answered in a similar way. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

Is this all fine, but not my experience? Back to the train; the part I have to play is to get up, get dressed, get out of the front door, get myself to the station, and then climb aboard the train. It will do the rest. The key is not to have greater faith that the train will make the 13 miles into London, but to get on it!

Similarly, the key to seeing God at work is not to try and work up greater faith, but to come to the One who planned, created and sustains the World. As I exercise this trust and learn that what I initially ask for is not always the best request, my expectancy and experience will gradually come into alignment.

It’s Sunday School stuff, but we don’t need big faith in God; rather faith in a big God. Small Faith, Big God. Let’s do it.


Father God, sorry where my confusion over how faith works leads to ineffectiveness and inaction. Show me afresh that the key to seeing You at work is, unsurprisingly, is to come to You. For Yours is the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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