“Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:22,23 NLT
We all face mountains of difficulties from time to time. Thankfully, few face them all the time; but when we have difficulties to face, we tend to turn our molehills into mountains. They can seem overwhelming, dominating our lives and causing us to lose sleep. But in the eyes of God, they are small and insignificant.
Jesus said our problems can be removed. All we need to do is to say to this mountain of a problem, be removed, and it will. It is hard to believe life could be so simple!
We are not meant to live in the shadow of our mountain of problems. We are not to be depressed and oppressed by life's difficulties. We are to be free and carefree. We are meant to consider the lily and the life of the sparrow.
I must admit that my problems don’t seem to suddenly pick themselves up and throw themselves into the sea, even when I want them to. I wish they would! But what I have learned is not to live in the shadow of them. We must learn to live in the sunshine of His presence where possible.
When you are in worship, whether in church or at home alone, or out walking in the countryside, come out from under the shadow of the mountain of problems to stand in the light.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Let your problems disappear, and enjoy being in the presence of God. Let all the strain and stress roll off your shoulders, enjoying the moment of praise and communion with God. For that short time at least, let your problems be removed and cast into the sea.
By taking your mind off your problems for a while, the mountain may seem less significant than it did before. After spending time with your Lord, your problems will have rolled into the sea. Try not to allow them to surface again too quickly! They may return eventually, but that only gives you another opportunity to take the mountain and cast it into the sea again.
Only by continually looking up will come victory and peace. Only by practising this will we be established in Christ.
“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1b,2a. NLT