Matthew 17: 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
All of us have bought lounging pajamas that say one size fits all only to find out they are too small. With man’s products it doesn’t always work out. With God it does work out. You may feel no one else is going through what you are. The size of our sins, of our problems, of our devils is all the same. The devil is one size but God is bigger. The devils may be bigger than we are, but they are not bigger than the God we serve. The devil is going about with his throttle wide open. We see how frail we are. It’s not the time to turn from God. Our mountains should drive us to God. Though our understanding may vary from person to person, the same principles apply. The same victory can be had by all.
If this is so why couldn’t the disciples put away the demons? Why can’t we get rid of the devil? In this circumstance the disciples came in contact with a boy possessed by a devil that made him act plumb crazy. The devil pulls out his bag of tricks; they are not new. It’s one way today and it will be another way next week. It’s all with the intent to drive us crazy. The disciples tried but could not cast out the demon. What was wrong with them? Not long before this they had healed sicknesses and cast out devils. What happened? It was the same as happens with us. We get used to God and we go limp a little. We waiver. Have you ever played baseball with a limp bat? You must have a sturdy one or else you can’t play ball. Even if you’re not facing a hard battle right now, stay in the Word and believe God regardless. Maintain a relationship with God. We can fail when the devil throws us a curve and puts a mountain in our way if we don’t keep the lines clear with God.
Jesus was a little irritated with the disciples. When we get lazy and doubtful and don’t talk to God as we should I’m sure he gets a little irritated with us too. We must daily exercise our relationship with God. There will always be another mountain. There was nothing wrong with Jesus. The devil wasn’t stronger. Why couldn’t they succeed? Do you wonder why you aren’t successful like you used to be? You can blame it on lots of things. The mountains are the same size as they were years ago. It’s our fault if we don’t have victory. God is the same. The devil is the same. The mountains are the same. What size are you?
Verse 20 says if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove. Was God exaggerating? No! If we exercise our faith it will move. Consider the mountains we face. They are enormous. Jesus used every day things to teach us a lesson. A mountain is not easily moved. They are formed by violent actions of the earth. God made mountains by pushing the level ground up. In themselves they are immovable. Can we move Mount Rogers to the coast? No. That’s the point. We can’t face our mountains by ourselves. Our ability is not enough. Many molehills have stopped people and broke their faith. People quit church over foolish little things. Nothing should keep us away from God. In dealing with the issues of life we need help from God.
If you look at old maps and compare them with new ones, the towns will change but the mountains will still be where they were. God is still the same. Our mountains can be moved. I don’t know what you’re facing, but your mountain is your mountain. I can help you, but you have to face it. God is the mountain mover. If he chooses not to move it he will cause you to live on top of it. To get to the top you have to face it. At the top is the best view. If we trust God, he’ll put us on top of what he doesn’t move.
If one mountain fits all it can be dealt with on an equal basis when we trust in the one-size-fits-all God. He’s big enough for every mountain we face. Don’t think of the mountain as being too big. God is just the right size. We should easily see him over the mountains. We zero in on the mountain too much and aren’t able to see God. Draw back. Broaden the view. God is far bigger! His size should attract our vision and get our attention more than the mountain. God doesn’t deflate and inflate. He doesn’t get old. God is the same, ageless. He’s timeless. He won’t wear out. No wonder he said ye of little faith.
One size fits all and God is the right size. Your faith is big enough. We’re all limited in our mind and our understanding, but we have enough to understand and trust the Lord. Our ability is small. So what! It’s God’s ability that matters not ours. Ten years from now we’ll still be small but God will be the same. Mountains don’t last forever but God does.
What will you do with your mountain? Let it move you toward God. Your faith is enough to move you there.