Jesus said to his disciples to be on guard when around the religious teachers of the community (Mark 8:15), but the disciples had their minds in another direction, so when Jesus gave His warning, they thought He had something else in mind. He did have something in mind, but it was not at all related to what the disciples thought. Many times, one’s mind can be in a different world than in the one that is immediately in front. This was the case with Jesus’s apostles. So, in tune were they with the necessities of their immediate circumstances, they failed to understand a great point. We find ourselves in the same location frequently. We have eyes to see, but the blue dress we never saw because the hair on the females we are looking at was so interesting (mesmerizing, dumb-founding), we saw nothing else. That which is in front of us is a world of chaos, a chaos that is hardly seen because it is normal, and we have learned to navigates its obstacles. In all the chaos and obstacles presented, Jesus asks us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear, because what we see is confusion, and we certainly hear from as many people as we see the varied philosophies of life that each are certain will land them in the eternal bliss of heaven. Yet, have we heard Jesus?
“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23, ESV).
That which the Lord said is difficult to understand. Surely it was difficult at the time He spoke those words and, through the years, has become even more difficult to understand. Is it actually the case the Lord said that if one believes strong enough a mountain can be moved? The literal reading suggests as much. So, let me ask, when was the last literal mountain you moved in your prayer, or prayers? You didn’t? Is your faith not strong enough?
If it is not the case that a literal mountain is in view, then what shall we understand?
It is not the literal, physical accomplishment of something of this sort that is in view, but the devoted prayer/petition of one who loves, trusts and obeys God. When the Lord’s devoted servant prays, then there is no obstacle in the way that can’t be scaled or moved. That which is impossible for human accomplishment is easily accomplished with the “moving of a finger” by the Lord (if you will).
Think about your prayer life. Are you devoted to the Lord? To be devoted is more than saying “I believe” or “I love you, Lord.” It is much more than either of these, though it includes both. When you consider the frequency of your prayers, or the duration – would you say there is need of improvement? As you think on these things, begin with understanding what it means to believe on the Lord and to love Him. “This is how we are sure that we love God’s children, by loving God and obeying his commands (for love to God means keeping his commands). And his commands are not irksome” (1 John 5:2-3, Moffatt’s New Testament Translation).
Can you, then, move a mountain? No, but the Lord can. RT