What To Do When Your Mountain Does Not Move
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you – Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says – Mark 11:23 (NKJV)
Hardships and circumstances that sometimes stand in your way may seem as tall as the sky; as tall as a mountain. You may believe that everything that the word of God says is true, yet sometimes when you’ve commanded your mountain, with all of your faith, to be cast into the sea, the next morning, it’s still right there staring back at you.
You may be “too anointed to be disappointed” and “too blessed to be stressed”, but still, you run into mountains:
- Your money is not sufficient to cover your bills: MOUNTAIN.
- You doctor needs you to come into the office because he cannot tell you the results of your exam over the phone: MOUNTAIN.
- You’re facing problems in your marriage. The two of you don’t like each other; there’s no tenderness, no passion: MOUNTAIN.
- You find yourself facing a hostile work environment; people are taking your ideas and trying to diminish your influence and contributions: MOUNTAIN.
- You find out that a friend who you thought you could trust has betrayed you; hating you behind your back: MOUNTAIN.
Now, you may ask, “Why is this mountain still in front of me? I pray to the Lord; I believe in Him. He can do anything He wants to in His power: do I not even have the faith of mustard seed?”
I’ve come to the realization that if the mountain is still there, then just maybe, God wants it there.
Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but it is peace through the struggle. Struggle and conflict are a part of life. There’s no passage anywhere in the word that says that we will never experience times of hardship; in fact, it says just the opposite. Job 14:1 says that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Matthew 5:45 says that it rains “on the just and on the unjust” alike (like “joy and rain; like sunshine, and pain”)!
We all want God to take us to the next level. We want Him to bless us, and to give us the desires of our hearts. But think about it: if God put us today where He’s leading us to tomorrow, then would we be ready? Or could it be that our mountains are “tailor-made training aids”; put there to prepare us for the purpose that God has put inside of us?
It is through our struggles and through our mountains that we become stronger, not through our times of ease, comfort, and still waters. It is our mountains which prepare us for promotion.
If God has not moved your mountain, then maybe He’s trying to move you.
To get closer to God, you have to submit yourself to His process, but the process is not always enjoyable. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable. The thing that separates you from true greatness may be a desire to avoid pain and discomfort at all costs when in reality, that discomfort is part of God’s process and plan to make you a better you.
It is not in our comfort where our greatness lies. It is in our struggle.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Matthew 17:20, Mark 11:23, Job 14:1, Matthew 5:45, Psalm 37:4.
Elder Charles Edward Blake II serves as Assistant Pastor and Director of Community Relations of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. He received his BS in Marketing from Oral Roberts University and studied for his MD at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Elder Blake also serves as the General Manager of the Los Angeles Ecumenical Congress. He and his wife DeAndra are the proud parents of two sons.
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