The little boy lay in bed in the middle of the night coughing a barking and wheezing cough. His Mama and sister just finished praying with him that he would be healed of his illness. Through the cough the young boy asked, “We just prayed Mom, but…. I am not so sure that God will heal me.” “God WILL heal you, James,” said his Mom, “You know why? Because the Bible says that if you have the littlest amount of faith, if you believe and trust God even the smallest bit, that any mountain will move. James, your cough is the mountain and I am trusting God will take your cough away.” A couple days later the little boy was breathing well, jumping and playing next to his siblings as if he was never sick.
The Common Factor is Faith
Matthew 17:20 (NIV) discloses that secret ingredient, that factor that is common in every miracle: faith. In the verse Jesus, the master miracle worker says, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” We must remember that the mustard seed is one of the teeny, tinniest seeds available on Earth, ranging about 1 to 2 millimeters in size. This is in similar resemblance to a small speck of sand. How amazing is it that something this small can move something that appears to be as big and as immovable in our life as a mountain?
Jesus says that we need faith for mountains to move, but what exactly is faith? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines faith as, “belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is confidence in what we hope fore and assurance about what we do not see. When I read both of these definitions I feel that they are very similar. Both definitions have a hope for something and a trust (confidence) that what we hope for and put into God’s hands He will indeed take care of. Faith is having a small wish and placing that hope, that wish, upon God. Faith is NOT hoping for something and then trying with all of our human might or resources to get that thing to happen. God can and may use you to accomplish a miracle, but only if you allow Him to have the reigns in guiding you and walking you through steps He wants you to do. The bottom line is that 100% trust, 100% confidence must be placed on God for a hope to be fulfilled; that is faith.
Miracles are seen in the Bible through many workings and healings Jesus performed. One of my favorite miracles is when Jesus healed the blind man as written in John Chapter 9. The reason why this is my favorite is because I feel it is imagery of the concept of faith. Jesus had put mud over the blind man’s eyes and when the man washed the mud off his eyes it was then when he could see. I don’t doubt one bit that Jesus literally put mud on the man’s eyes, but try to think also about this concept figuratively. How often do we want something to happen so badly that we lose sight of what really needs to happen – that we stop placing our trust 100% on God?
Two of my children suffered from what I call, “modern-day leprosy” as infants. Their skin was raw, red, scaly, rashy, and to one point one of the children completely lost the skin off of his face. Doctors were baffled and had no answers or advice for us. Although I hoped for and prayed for healing in them, it seemed like every time I looked at their skin I took matters into my own hands. I put this lotion and that cream on them, tried numerous healing strategies and none of them worked. As a mom I felt helpless if I wasn’t actively trying to “fix” the skin condition, but in the meantime these attempts may have been making the skin worse.
At one point my husband made a comment to me when I was grieving how my precious boys looked. He said, “Do I need to put mud over your eyes?” That comment stopped me dead in my tracks. He was right – I was living based off of my own faulty human sight, not by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that we should live by faith and not by sight. Once I stepped back and have the entire situation to God that is when my boys’ skin miraculously healed. After years of pure torture due to this “modern day leprosy” I started hearing God’s soft whispers to me as to what needed to happen for the skin to heal. By obeying God’s voice miraculously the children’s skin is now beautiful. When the trust was put 100% on God, when faith occurred, the miracle was seen.
When it is human nature to always be in control of what happens in our life, when things are taken solely into our human hands miracles won’t be seen. One cannot solely hope without trust or trust without hope for a miracle to occur. When desires are shared with God and then situations are handed over and surrendered to God, that is when faith happens and when miracles occur. Communicating to God and then surrendering to His plan may be hard. His plan may include using you as an instrument to execute a miracle to happen, or His plan may include another method. However, if we hope and surrender that hope over to whatever God sees as the best method to accomplish that prayer a miracle will be seen.
Lights UP North writes from deep inside the great Northern Woods in hopes of bringing inspiration, encouragement, and hope to others. Ministering to those who are suffering from eczema and allergies is another strong passion for Lights UP North.
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