October 11th, 2017 – DEVOTE

It’s Wednesday, and for most people I know they call this day “hump” day because the week is half over.

But today somebody, probably not just me, is weeping from the woes of this world because it seems like every time you get your head above the water that seems to have you drowning, you get tangled in some more mess that pulls you down – one bad decision leads to another.

Every time you take a few steps forward something happens that knocks you 5 back.

Every time it feels like you can finally breathe again because some weight has been lifted off your chest, you get punched and get the wind knocked right out of you.

Every time you think you’ve cried out, the doctor delivers devastating news and now the tears start flowing again.

And every time you think you’ve done all you could do, been all you could be and gone everywhere you thought you were needed, that enemy shows up with more hell than you bargained for. So what now?

Do you wallow in the worry… wander like you’re alone in the wilderness… waste your time weeping… willingly allow your life to wither… Or do you withdraw from life because you’ve been wounded and wronged?

Don’t you know that in order to grow you have to sometimes be pushed down? Well, in order for a seed to grow it has to first be buried under dirt. Do you honestly think an oak tree came to stand as tall as it does without first starting out as a seed?

Then where is the faith, the mustard seed sized faith, that God can see you through whatever it is you’re facing?

Where is that mustard seed sized faith that lets you know that no matter what you’re looking at now, it won’t always last?

Where is that mustard seed sized faith that allows you to stand in your storm and think about all the things that God has already done which lets you know that no matter how hard the rain falls, it won’t cause you to drown?

Where is that mustard seed sized faith that allows you to walk into a room of your enemies knowing they can’t do you any harm?

Where is that mustard seed sized faith that allows you to answer the phone call from the bill collector knowing that it’ll work out in your favor?

Where is that mustard seed sized faith that allows you to apply for a job that, on paper, you aren’t qualified for but through God, it’s already yours?

Where is your faith when Jesus says in Matthew 17:20, “But I can promise you this. If you had faith no larger than a mustard seed, you could tell this mountain to move from here to there. And it would. Everything would be possible for you.”

All you need is a mustard seed sized faith because “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1).

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Just believe! Have faith in God! All you have to do is try it before you give up!

I believe! Help my unbelief. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen