Do you sometimes feel like you're facing a huge mountain? Most of the time it seems like that's how people describe an obstacle or problem in life. They say that the mountain represents the problem, and this can be an appropriate picture of the situation. We have heard many times about Mark 11:22-24 and how Jesus said that if you have faith in God you could say to that hill "be removed and cast into the sea" and it would come to pass. And I don't disagree that this example could easily be used to encourage people in dealing with and prevailing over their problems. In fact it's one of the best instructions on how to do just that.
But it occurred to me that there may be another way to look at this.
What if we looked at the mountain as a representation of a dream or goal? One that seems so big that you can't really see how you would ever accomplish it. Something you may have thought about doing for years, but were too intimidated to try, because you could think of too many reasons why you would fail. For something like that, you will need some pretty powerful help. After all, those hunks of rock are huge. Right?
Let's start with Mark 11:22. Jesus says "Have faith in God." The note in the margin in my Bible says also "Have the faith of God." So He tells us right at the start that we must have faith that God is who He says He is. (See Numbers 23:19.) Then in 11:23 He says "Whosoever shall say unto this ..." The word mountain here was translated from a word that meant "to rise, as a mountain lifting itself above the plain." Just as a dream gets placed in your heart by God and rises up to eventually be so big you can no longer ignore it. You can't help but see it every day.
Then, a little further in 11:23, He says "...shall not doubt in your heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; He shall have whatsoever he says." The word believe was translated from a couple of words that mean " trust in the truthfulness of God." So to me, that takes the load off of myself, and puts it on God, to cause this dream to come to pass. After all, He was the One that put the dream there in the first place. My part is to just believe, and then act like I believe it.
In 11:24, Jesus says ".... What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them." The part that says " What things soever" also means " as much as." In other words, as big as (as much as) you can dream. The word desire comes from a word that means crave, call for, require, a demand for something due, as opposed to merely asking a question. So no matter how big the dream is, as much as you can ask, think or imagine, God can handle it. We can and should demand that it come to pass. God assigned it to us, and He's still sure about what He's doing. He is able and willing to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
So start talking to that mountain of a dream and tell it exactly what to do. Focus your mind on where you want to go and on what you want to accomplish. Not on the problem rock piles. Tell those to go away, trust God to take care of you and keep moving forward. God is on YOUR side.
Written in March 2009 by Mitch Ferguson