Why Mountains Don’t Move

BlogSpot by Joel Pridmore

On Friday I took my soon-to-be teenage son on his first trek up Snowdon. On the way up we talked about Jesus’ statement in Matthew 17 that faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain. We talked about learning to pray according to God’s will and that knowing His will comes through knowing Him – not just knowing about Him.

During this chat, my son asked a question that got me thinking: ‘Do we want Snowdon to move?’

Of course, we often allegorise the mountain in Jesus’ words to apply to non-physical ‘mountains’ we face, but there we were, fighting our way up a physical mountain. And what was our reward? Simply overcoming the challenge and moreover, doing so as a valuable experience together.

If we’d shown up there on Friday and I’d successfully applied some mustard seed faith in telling Snowdon to move, then we would have missed out on the precious and powerful ‘dad and lad’ experience of scaling the mountain.

Maybe God has not yet moved the mountain in your life, because there is something deeper He can do in and through you as you scale that mountain together with Him?

I pray that you would know today that the God who can move any mountain, is with you in your challenges and is passionately cheering you on.

 If you have trust as tiny as a mustard seed, you will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there!’ and it will move; indeed, nothing will be impossible for you!”  Matthew 17: 20-21