Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Title: Mustard Seeds vs. Mountains
By: Eleanor Woo

Matthew 17:20, He replied,
Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, 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.” (NIV)

What does it mean to have faith as small as a mustard seed? Originated from Iran, the mustard seed is known to be one of the smallest seed in the world. However, one of these miniscule seeds, when planted in fertile soil, can produce a bush up to ten-feet tall in just a few short months! It strikingly demonstrates the potential of this small, insignificant seed. So, does it mean that faith need not be outwardly large to have a large impact?

As I write, our beloved country is in the throes of fighting the virulent Delta variant. The battle is now suddenly at our doorsteps, as friends and families are infected, and some have even succumbed. Have we on occasions, faced with monumental mountains, not felt that our faith is small and insignificant?

I have. In fact, as the following real-life proverb* puts across, our lives may be filled with heartaches that can’t be solved with easy answers or simple solutions:
Life can be difficult, painful and utterly senseless.
Life present us with challenges and disappointments we’d never choose or ever want to deal with.
Life poses problems we cannot humanly solve.
Life can be as unpredictable as an earthquake that strikes with devastating force.
Life may be unfair, and justice may not be done here on earth.
Life may assault our body and brain with terrible diseases and incredibly painful conditions that modern medicine cannot heal or relieve.
Life may confront us with heartaches and trials that cause us to question our faith.

So I have asked myself, how is God going to remove my mountains in light of the fact that my faith is so inadequate? Here, the Holy Spirit prompts me to switch my perspective. My faith may be puny, but I have an AWESOME GOD! He is powerful and spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1:2; Jeremiah 32:17), He is faithful and honours and fulfils His promises (Psalm 89:1-8), He is omniscient – nothing is a mystery to Him (Psalm 139:7-12), He is love – He gave us His Son so that He can embrace each of us personally and intimately (I John 4:7-10), and He is the great “I AM WHO I AM”; an independent and self-complete being (Exodus 13:14). Therefore, it is not how great my problem is, but how GREAT IS MY GOD!

The mustard seed is a reminder to walk to the base of the mountain hand in hand with the all-powerful God. It is a tangible symbol that it is not my strength that will move the mountain; rather, it is the God in whom I place my faith that can move a mountain out of my way.**

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for who You are. When the mountain of circumstances seems so overbearing, remind me to look to you always as the source of my strength. Lord, take my tiny seed of faith and multiply it with your strength, wisdom and guidance. AMEN.

Source:

  • Cragg, S. (1996) A Woman’s Walk with God. Wheaton: Crossway Books
    ** Fuller, C. (2003) The One Year Praying Through the Bible. Wheaton: Tyndale House

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每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年8月18日
标题:芥菜种与山对比
作者:胡少凤姐妹
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【马太福音17:20】(环球圣经译本)
他说:“因为你们的信心太小了。我实在告诉你们,如果你们有像一粒芥菜种那样的信心,就可以对这座山说 ‘从这里移到那里’,它就会移开。没有什么是你们不能做的。”

小如芥菜种的信心是什么意思?芥菜种原产于伊朗,被认为是世界上最小的种子之一。然而,一颗微小的种子,当种植在肥沃的土壤中时,可以在短短几个月内长成10英尺高的灌木丛!它惊人地展示了这颗小小的、微不足道的种子的潜力。那么,这是否意味着信心不需要外在的强大就能产生巨大的影响呢?

就在我写这篇文章的时候,我们深爱的国家正处于与致命的德尔塔(Delta)变种的激战中。这场战斗现在突然来到了我们家门口,因为朋友和家人都被感染了,有些人甚至因而逝世了。某些时候,面对巍峨的高山,我们有没有感到自己的信心很渺小?

我有。事实上,正如下面现实生活中的谚语所说,我们的生活充满了伤心,而这些伤痛不是简单的答案或方案就能解决的:
生活是艰难的,痛苦的,毫无意义的。
生活给了我们很多挑战和失望,我们从未选择或想过要去应对。
生活带来的问题是人力无法解决的。
生活是不可预测的 像一场毁灭性的地震一样 。
生活是不公平的,正义在地球上得不到伸张。
生活会用现代医学无法治愈或缓解的可怕疾病和令人难以置信的痛苦状况来攻击我们的身体和思想。
生活会让我们面临心伤和考验,让我们质疑自己的信心。

所以我问自己,既然我的信心如此不足,上帝将如何移走我的山呢?在这里,圣灵促使我改变我的观点。我的信心也许弱小,但我有一位 大而可畏的上帝 !祂大有能力,凭口中的话语创造了天地(创世记1:2;耶利米书32:17);祂是信实的,尊荣的,祂履行祂的应许(诗篇89:1-8);祂无所不知 – 对祂来说没有什么是奥秘的(诗篇139:7-12);祂就是爱 – 祂将自己的儿子给了我们,这样,祂就可以亲自且亲密地拥抱我们每个人(约翰一书4:7-10);祂是那伟大的 “自有永有者”,是独立的、自我完全的存在(出埃及记13:14)。所以,不是我的问题有多大,而是我的上帝有多伟大!

芥菜种是一个提醒,要与全能的上帝携手走向山脚。这是一个有形的象征,不是我的力量能移动这座山,而是我所信靠的上帝能够移开挡在我路上的高山。**

祈祷 :亲爱的上帝,感谢祢。当境况如高山般使人畏惧时,提醒我要永远仰望祢为我力量的源泉。主啊,接受我那微小的信心种子,以祢的力量、智慧和引导使它倍增。阿们。

资料来源:

  • Cragg, S. (1996) A Woman’s Walk with God. Wheaton: Crossway Books
    ** Fuller, C. (2003) The One Year Praying Through the Bible. Wheaton: Tyndale House