Mustard Seed Faith

July 6, 1997
by Cathy McLandress

Luke 17:6 – 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."

When I read about what faith the size of a mustard seed can do, I am sometimes chastened and sometimes gladdened, and I always realize how small my faith is, compared to what God intends for us.

I am chastened when I realize I have been living as this world dictates, being tossed to and fro like a leaf in the wind by the demands and needs of all those around me, and not making choices in behaviour and reactions that are based on the solid foundation of faith and belief. I feel frazzled and worn when I don't operate from that small amount of faith within.

At other times, I am gladdened, because when I hear of mustard seed faith, it hits me that after all, I can call on that still calm voice inside to lead me through days of despair and depression. What would it be like to face those enemies without Jesus and my mustard seed of faith?

Prayer: Dear Lord, when we face challenges and worries, help us remember that you don't require us to prove the strength of our faith before you help us, and that just by calling out your name, faith even the size of a mustard seed can be enough. Amen.

About the author:

Cathy McLandress
Dutton, Ontario, Canada

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