I am only 20 years old and haven’t seen the bitter side of life too often. My life has been consistently pleasant with relatively little bumps along the way. However, this does not mean that I am living a perfect carefree life. I have my hardships, my ups and downs, and own personal trials. As small as they may seem from the outside, they are really battles on the inside.
There have been many a time when I’ve had a “mountain” put in my path. A problem is placed in my way and it seems as if there is no feasible way around it. I let my initial fear grab ahold of me and control me. But God, in his infinite power and love, smiles, puts His arm around me, and says, “My child, this mountain you’re facing is not eternal. This pain, worry, and confusion will not be here forever, for I am here with you.”
Sometimes in life we come across a mountain. It blocks our path, stares at us in the face, and threatens our present moment of security. We are told to follow God down unknown paths. Those paths may lead us to a mountain, but are we ready to have faith to tell that mountain to jump? In Mark it reads, “I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart” (Mark 11:23). God has never promised that we will not endure trials in life, suffer heartache, or experience disappointments. However, He has promised that, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
With that said, when we come across mountains in our life, trials that seem impossible to overcome, instead of sizing the mountain up for what it really is, we must put our complete and utter faith into Jesus Christ. Then, in His name, claim His promises and tell our mountain to jump. And if this is done with sincere faith, without any doubt in the power of God, that mountain will indeed jump.
For that to happen, I have to stop living a half-faith life in which I do a “daily devotional,” pray when it’s convenient, and express my faith when I feel like it. I need to change my personal approach to having faith in Christ, but I know that with His help, that too will change. I will see my mountain jump, and when it does, I will know without a doubt that it was God working. I pray that if you’re experiencing this as well, your mountain will also jump. God is so faithful in so many different ways; even when it doesn’t feel like it, God is good.
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