In Mark 11:21, Jesus tells us to have faith in God. He says, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”
What a blessed promise! That passage concerning faith is staggering. Unfortunately, many of us cannot claim such a strong faith in God.
Many cowards die 10,000 deaths while here on earth because their faith in God is so weak. Unlike the hero whose memory lingers long after his death, these faithless ones are quickly forgotten once they leave this earth.
A person who has faith in Christ can accomplish anything. For example, take the battle between Israel and the Philistines. The Philistines were certainly in control. The Israelites knew they were facing a great challenge. They looked to Saul to lead them. He had all the attributes of a fearless leader. He was well-trained. He knew all the maneuvers, and he knew how to lodge the spears and how to defeat them with his shield. And he stood head and shoulders above any man in his army. He was physically fit for a match against that Philistine giant, and he was a trainer of men. But Saul lacked one important thing: he lacked faith.
Our church is full of “Sauls” today. Many men and women who are scholars, some with advanced degrees, intellectually know of God but often lack that important quality of faith. They talk about God and the wars to be fought on this earth, but when it is time to meet the enemy, their training is inadequate. They know about God, but they do not know Him personally. They do not have faith in Him. They have never experienced God.
A small ruddy boy named David had faith. But people said he was no match for the giant. He was too little; he had never held a sword; he knew nothing about military training. But David knew one important thing. He knew his God. He knew in Whom he believed. So when the giant made his challenge, David knew what was right and wrong; he knew it was wrong for the Philistines to defy the armies of the living God. David had faith that God would help him do right, so he said these words to the Israelites: “Do you mean to tell me that you’ll let that uncircumcised Philistine stand there and defy the armies of the living God?” What a rebuke to the trained army!
What a rebuke it is today for some little washman who may not know his ABCs to stand before a well-trained clergyman who says the days of miracles are passed and defy his word by saying, “I was once sick and now I’m healed.” He might not know all the ins and outs of theology, but he knows God. After all, that’s what’s required.
Little David, just a youth with his little sheep coat wrapped around him, stood up in front of those soldiers and made them ashamed of themselves. Oh, I love the courageous spirit of David!
Saul tried to educate David by putting him in an ecclesiastical jacket, but it didn’t fit. David said, “Take this thing off me. I don’t fight the way you do. Neither do I know your theology. Let me go with what I have experienced.” Though Saul went to church every Sabbath, and he might have done all the right religious things, he never experienced God.
David, on the other hand, knew God. He said, “When I was tending my father’s sheep out there, when I walked down through the green pastures and by the still waters, I learned of a God who made the heavens and the earth. I was responsible for my papa’s few sheep. A lion ran in and grabbed a kid and took it off. I knocked him down with the sling shot. When he raised up, I grabbed him by the beard and slew him.” He said, “The God that delivered the lion to me, how much more will he deliver that uncircumcised Philistine into my hands.” Certainly David knew what he was talking about. He had faith in God. He had experienced what God would do; therefore, he knew that experience would carry him on to victory.
Have faith. God promises us we can move mountains if we only have faith. Experience God, believe in Him, and like David, you will accomplish whatever you desire. Jesus said, “The things that I do, you shall do also.”