Matthew 21:21-22. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
God’s power is always ready to answer our faith. The connection here is obvious: Israel had no faith in God, and they were barren. When Israel once again has faith, the power of God will respond in kind. The mountain typifies any obstacle. Any obstacle can be overcome through absolute faith and trust in God. At that point, the nation of Israel was like a mountain that was an obstacle in the path of the gospel. Because of the faith of the early Christians, Israel (the mountain) was indeed cast into the sea (the nations). Through the moving of that “mountain,” the Good News was spread throughout the earth.
Can we see obstacles removed today? Of course we can. Then why don’t we? Because of our lack of faith. We are tired of the battle; we want to quit fighting; we don’t care enough about holding on to the fundamentals of the faith or about seeing a lost and dying world reached with the gospel. Because of our apathy, we are losing our freedoms all over the world. Even here, in the United States, our President tells us that we are no longer a Christian nation, and that in fact Islam helped create the very fabric of our nation.
I saw a video yesterday in which an imam had been invited to give the call to prayer in the church in Germany in which Martin Luther is most honored. A brave Christian woman stood in the balcony and cried out against what was going on as the imam started his call. Of course she was escorted out, but what she said was powerful: Jesus Christ is still Lord! I wonder if any American Christian today would be brave enough to publicly voice an objection to the inclusion of Islam into a Christian church. Do we have the faith to move that mountain, or are we too intimidated by political correctness?
We need to pray as the father of the demon-possessed boy prayed: “Lord, I believe. Help Thou mine unbelief!”